The NBA has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons of late as the officiating is again being questioned. While a blown call here and there is expected the game-altering charge call that was made on the Dallas Mavericks O.J Mayo on Wednesday Night is truly unacceptable.
This call resulted in a 19-26 record for the Mavericks who are now five games out of the Western conference eighth seed. Mayo was driving to the basket with just 3.3 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers Ronnie Price slid underneath him and drew a charge call from the referee–this play was followed up by the Blazers coming down and hitting a game-winning shot.
In a league that defends its refs at every chance they get the NBA sure jumped ship last night as a statement said that the call “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.”
Any moderate fan knows the difference between a charge and a foul but, the ball was dropped severely on this night.
What bothers me the most is that the NBA has the gall to send out fine after fine to coaches and athletes when speaking one word about the referees. If they’re blowing games left and right then I believe players and coaches have a right to respectfully voice their frustrations.
If I’m the NBA I would take any measure possible to make sure things like this are nipped in the bud as plays like this can’t be botched come playoff time.