Wallace gets a chance to back up his words Saturday night, when the Boston Celtics visit American Airlines Center.
Wallace already paid for popping off after the Mavs' 99-90 win in Boston. The NBA fined him $35,000 for the following comments:
"You know, they don’t like no tough defense on [Nowitzki] so of course I get a whole lot of [expletive] calls, but that’s how the story goes,” he said. “I ain’t worried about it. We’ll see them again. Honestly, I can’t remember which one the fourth foul was, there were so many bogus [calls]. I ain’t worried about it. Like I said, we’ll see them again. We go down there in about a month or so. There will be retribution."
Nowitzki, who shrugged off the comments at the time, didn't make himself available for comment after the Mavs' practice Friday. Teammate Jason Terry and coach Rick Carlisle weren't concerned in the least about Wallace's ref critique or retribution vow.
"Anytime you’re playing against a star player, hey, the referees are going to call it tight," Terry said. "You can’t put your hands on guys like Dirk, Kobe, Durant."
Added Carlisle: "The referees are going to call it the way it is. And if they don’t, they get in trouble with the league office."
Whether the refs were right or wrong, it was Wallace who got in hot water with the league office after the last Mavs-Celtics meeting. If anything, his words then might make this officiating crew a bit quicker with the whistle when he's defending Dirk or complaining about calls.