The Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs Series is growing increasingly intense, with the recent comments made by Erick Dampier. Dampier complained about the officiating following a Game 3 loss to the Spurs 94-90.
Dampier complained specifically about referee Danny Crawford, who Dallas owner Mark Cuban has added that the team has lost 16 of their last 17 playoff games with Crawford on the court.
“When we play defense we’re under a magnifying glass, but when we’re on offense, there’s no magnifying glasses,” Dampier said in a post-game interview. “You’ve got to call it both ways. Dirk Nowitzki drives, he doesn’t get fouled. They drive on the other end and they get the little ticky-tack fouls. So keep it consistent, that’s all. Don’t be one way or the other.”
David Stern, commissioner of the NBA, had said last week that no critical words of the referees would be tolerated in the 2010 NBA playoffs, with potential for suspension.
Dampier clearly did not care.
Dallas now trails in their opening round series with the Spurs 2-1. In the past two games, the Mavericks have committed 43 fouls to just 31 for San Antonio.
Dampier had five fouls in Game 3 in 27 minutes on the court, racking up a higher number in fouls than in rebounding.
“It’s on us, too,” Dampier said after the game. “We’ve got to take the ball to the basket, make contact, draw the foul and go to the free throw line.”
Dampier was very upset over a foul called on him over a charge on Dirk Nowitzki.
“I’m not even going to comment on that foul. What did you think, it was a foul or what?” Dampier said, referring to the fact that he believes it was a blocking foul, and not a charge. “All of us thought that. It’s funny, though, they get the same call on the other end, it’s ridiculous, one of the refs called the foul from half court. It’s almost like they can’t even see it. But when [Nowitzki] drives, ‘Oh, I saw he was outside the circle, it was a charge.’ How can you see that? You can’t even see that far.
“Hey, we ain’t going to make any excuses. We’re going to be ready to play the next game, that’s all that matters to us. The next one, biggest game of the year.”
As the first round continues, the Mavericks remain with 12/1 odds to win the 2010 NBA championship, while San Antonio sports 18/1 on Online Sportsbooks.