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Sunday, January 5, 2014
Dirk frustrated refs 'keep missing' fouls

By Tim MacMahon

DALLAS -- Opponents have apparently figured out a way to stop Dirk Nowitzki’s unblockable one-legged fadeaway: Hit him on the elbow.

That, of course, should be a foul.

“I don’t know how many times I’ve got to say it,” Nowitzki said after Friday’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. “The refs keep missing them tipping my elbow, but it is what it is.”

In this case, Nowitzki was specifically complaining about a potential go-ahead 16-footer with 1:18 remaining in the game. Clippers power forward Blake Griffin crowded Nowitzki on the play, and Nowitzki motioned to a referee and smacked his right elbow as soon as the shot hit the front rim.

It’s the second time in the last few weeks that Nowitzki felt strongly enough to complain publicly that he was fouled but didn’t get a whistle on a crunch-time fadeaway.

Nowitzki made similar comments after the Mavs’ Dec. 20 overtime loss to the Toronto Raptors, noting that Amir Johnson hit his elbow on a baseline fadeaway that he air-balled in the fourth quarter.

“There have been some whistles that should have blown,” coach Rick Carlisle said when asked about Nowitzki’s complaints. “No doubt about it.

“Dirk’s not a complainer. If he mentions something like that, it’s legit. He’s established that kind of integrity. But we understand there are going to be some missed calls.”