Update 12:08 p.m.: The league acknowledged a foul call should have been made on Tueday morning. That neither changes the result nor will help with the likely fines the Wolves will be facing for their comments below. Statement from the league:
Rod Thorn, NBA President, Basketball Operations, issued the following statement today regarding a missed foul call late in the fourth quarter of the Dallas Mavericks' 100-98 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Dec. 30, at Target Center:
“Through postgame video review, we have determined that Minnesota's Kevin Love was fouled on the right arm by Dallas' Shawn Marion while attempting a two-point field goal. Love should have been awarded two free throws with one second left on the clock.”
Monday night, the Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the Dallas Mavericks 100-98 when Shawn Marion stripped Kevin Love on a game-winning three-point attempt. The Wolves strongly felt that the play was a foul, which is an awful lot like what it looks like on replay.
"Ed Malloy!" No, really...
Pretty classic freakout.
Here are Kevin Love's thoughts on the subject:
And here's Rick Adelman.
“He got fouled,” Adelman said. “I wonder what that would have been if [Dallas star Dirk] Nowitzki, LeBron James, all the top players in the league … A guy reaches on a last-second shot like that instead of challenging it. Maybe they don't understand Kevin is one of the top five players in this league.”
So expect some fines this week for those two, fair or not.