Mark Cuban seeks change to rule
LOS ANGELES -- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has lobbied the league to immediately begin making basket interference situations in the final two minutes of regulation and overtime reviewable after such a play worked against the Mavs in their 112-108 overtime loss Sunday to the Los Angeles Lakers.
It appeared that Lakers forward Matt Barnes touched a Pau Gasol 3-point attempt from the corner as it neared the cylinder with 3:49 to go in overtime. Barnes' hands then came down on the rim and then he and Gasol instantaneously waived their arms in the air to suggest that Barnes did not make contact.
The basket was ruled good and the Lakers took a 103-101 lead.
"Any potential basket interference in the last two minutes of a game or overtime should be reviewed," Cuban said he wrote in his email to the league. "I didn't bring up that play up at all.
"You've got to make that reviewable. You have to ask them to change the rule."
The current rules do not allow for such a play to be reviewed.
Cuban, sitting behind the Mavs' bench during the game, said that Barnes acknowledged to him on the court that he did touch the ball.
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle adamantly agreed.
"He touched the ball, it's clear on video," Carlisle said. "It's a missed offensive interference call and we should have maintained a one-point lead at that point."
The lead flip-flopped twice more and was tied at 106-106 before Los Angeles took control and secured the four-game regular-season sweep of the team that swept them out of last year's second round and went on to win the championship.
Cuban said he hopes the league takes immediate action.
"I'm going to ask the league to change the instant replay rule," Cuban said. "The competition committee, it will get to them at some point, but if it's just common sense and doesn't happen so often, they're pretty smart about doing that stuff."
He said, however, that he doesn't expect to wake up Monday morning with a new rule in place.
"They could (change it now)," Cuban said. "They won't, but they'll probably change it this summer."
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