The NBA issued a statement Wednesday afternoon with regards to a number of calls from the Tuesday night slate of games. Second on the list was an admission that the charge committed by O.J. Mayo in the 106-104 loss to the Blazers was, in fact, a block.
With 1.5 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Dallas Mavericks-Portland Trail Blazers game on January 29, officials called a charging foul on Dallas’ OJ Mayo. After review at the league office, the video replay confirmed the play should have been ruled a blocking foul as Portland’s Ronnie Price did not get his body directly in Mayo’s path prior to him starting his upward shooting motion. Mayo should have been granted two free throws.
The video can be viewed here. Two free throws would have given Dallas a chance to take the lead after LaMarcus Aldridge had tied the game on the previous possession 104-104. Obviously a frustrating admission, since a loss last night means the Mavs have a very small likelihood of making the playoffs.
However, compare this sort of thing to the league Mark Cuban joined in 1999. This sort of admission would not have happened. It’s progress, maybe not the progress Mavs fans would like to see (such as the correct call being made at the time), but its progress nonetheless.
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