TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors were unhappy with the officiating in their 127-125 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, and it didn’t help that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban suggested the Raptors could protest the game.
The mini-issue involved a replay review with one second left in the game and the Warriors ahead 125-122.
Referee Tony Brothers whistled the play dead, saying the ball went out of bounds off Warriors guard Steph Curry with one second left. On review, the referees ruled that the ball went out of bounds off DeMar DeRozan with three seconds left.
Cuban tweeted: “Watching end of Warriors Raptors. Refs can’t go back in time for a review. They can only review the out of bounds event. #protestable”
Cuban’s point: The refs should have been looking only at the Curry portion of the play and not DeRozan’s involvement.
Said DeRozan: “I thought you couldn’t even do that. I’m not even a referee, and I know that rule. Somebody correct me if I’m wrong.”
NBA senior vice president of replay and referee operations Joe Borgia clarified the ruling further.
“Instant replay review was used because the officials were unsure who should be awarded possession after the ball went out of bounds,” Borgia said. “During replay, we checked the loose ball sequence at the sideline and we determined that Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan caused the ball to go out of bounds with three seconds remaining. The Warriors were awarded the ball and the clock was reset to three seconds.”
The Raptors, however, were bothered by other calls and non-calls.
“It’s frustrating being out there feeling you playing 5-on-8,” DeRozan said.
He continued: “Some of those calls were terrible. Period.”
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DeRozan’s comments will be examined by the league office for a potential fine.
The Raptors trailed 81-54 at halftime and shot four more free throws than the Warriors. But Toronto coach Dwane Casey didn’t like the timing of calls that didn’t go his team’s way.
Casey did not agree with a foul called on Toronto’s Jacob Poeltl with Golden State up 123-122 and 45 seconds remaining. Still, Curry missed both free throws, and DeRozan, who scored 42 points, missed a jump shot with 37 seconds to go. The Raptors’ C.J. Miles also missed a three-pointer with 11 seconds left and Golden State up 125-122.
“There was just so many calls down the stretch, I’ve got to look at them and see,” Casey said. “It’s just mind-boggling that you ask the official, ‘Did you see it?’ ‘Nah, I didn’t see it, wasn’t my call.’ I’ve got to have an explanation. I have all the respect in the world for our officials, but when you’re in and have that situation — our guys fighting their hearts out and again maybe they thought we didn’t deserve it the way we played in the first half, I don’t know. But the way they scraped in the second half. It blows my mind, and I think we have the best officials in the world.”
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