The Dallas Mavericks were not able to control their seeding fate inside the NBA Bubble. They came in with hopes of moving up in the standings, but those dreams seemingly vanished quickly. Dallas had a glimmer of hope the other night, though.
If they could have beaten the Portland Trail Blazers, there was a chance that they could avoid the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round if everything with their way. Thanks to a 61-point eruption by Damian Lillard—and a bevy of whistles—the Blazers were able to hold off the Mavs, 134-131.
One of the most controversial calls in the eyes of the Mavericks came in the final seconds. An official called Trey Burke for an offensive foul against Lillard. At the same time a shot in the corner from Dorian Finney-Smith, that would have given the Mavericks a lead, swished home. They waved off the shot and Portland was able to ice the game on a pair of C.J. McCollum free throw.
So, was it a foul or not? The Mavericks certainly thought it was a flop. However, the Last Two Minutes Report confirmed the call. According to a poll of fans from around the league, a slim majority think the officials made the right call.
Obviously, fan opinion does not mean much in the scheme of things in situations like this. The referees have the final say. Yet, if this is how officiating actually worked, with a fan vote, the Mavericks would be wise to demand a recount.