Jan 30

NBA Says Late-Game Call Was Incorrect

By caseyholdahl Posted in: Blazers, Mavericks

The Trail Blazers were able to finish a come-from-behind victory Tuesday night against the Mavericks at the Rose Garden thanks in large part to an offensive foul Ronnie Price was able to draw on OJ Mayo with the game tied 104-104 and just 1.5 seconds remaining. The call gave the Trail Blazers the ball and a chance to win the game, which LaMarcus Aldridge did as time expired.

But according to the NBA's "Officially Speaking" blog, that call was incorrect:
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.
It's possible the Trail Blazers would have had a look at a game-tying or game-winning shot if Mayo, an 85 percent free-throw shooter, had been awarded a trip to the line as the NBA says he should have, but that's something we'll never know.

There was a suspect clear path foul called on Wesley Matthews, even after replays seemed to show that Darren Collison tripped on his own feet, so maybe chalk this one up calls evening out in the long run. Of course, the Trail Blazers were on the other end of an incorrect game-deciding call last year, so maybe we'll just call it even.


  1. Mike Barrett had it right on the tripping call against Wes. Wes bumped Collison's right foot which caused it to move behind his left leg and caused the trip to happen. Careful watching of the replay clearly shows this happening.

    by dgpdx on 1/30/2013 3:42 PM
  2. Aldridge got his foot stepped on during Bucks game... stuff happens. Blazers win and JJ crack corn and I don't care. ; )

    by Blazer Fanatic on 1/30/2013 3:48 PM
  3. Yup, breaks of the game

    by caseyholdahl on 1/30/2013 5:15 PM
  4. Would the NBA care to comment on calls made during the other 47 minutes and 58.5 seconds of the game?

    If this happened at the start of the fourth would there have been an NBA admission of guilt about it? What about no-calls, will they start commenting on those? Especially in the last minute of regulation?

    If there is some record of calls that are legitimate or not, or missed calls it might make me care more. It def. was a block, but just annoying to be nit-picking when dirk-flops get free throws, etc. and no one from the NBA office calls and removes hundreds of free throw attempts from his career. Part of the game, human error.

    by Nicolas Johnson on 1/30/2013 6:42 PM
  5. Casey, i saw the notification of this on twitter and i really have to disagree completely with the league's "analysis" of this call. there is absolutely no question Ronnie put himself directly in Mayo's path. i don't know what the nba analyst is looking at, but there is absolutely no question whatsoever that the call made on the court was correct.

    then again, what do i know; if Scott Foster were there, he probably would have called it goaltending!

    ~ KMM

    by Kassandra on 1/30/2013 8:36 PM
  6. Well said, everyone. And this DEFINITELY evens out everything after the OKC heartbreaker last year.

    I would LOVE to see the NBA review all "flops" and no-calls as well, Nicolas. Definitely getting tired of the opponents getting away with selling fouls when we barely resort to that crap.

    by linfieldrunner on 1/31/2013 10:52 AM
  7. He was there in time:

    by mattandresen on 1/31/2013 1:42 PM
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