Alas, here we are on Jan. 6 and the Mavericks are 13-21. The Lakers are 15-17.
The Mavericks lost 99-96 in OT against the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday night at the Amreican Airlines Center. It was the first time this season the Mavs had the lineup they planned on.
The reason the Mavs lost - who else? - the referees. The Mavs were on the wrong end of a call and ended up losing to one of the worst teams in the NBA at home.
After the game Mavericks owner Mark Cuban Tweeted: "Im sorry NBA fans. Ive tried for 13 yrs to fix the officiating in this league and I have failed miserably. Any Suggestions ? I need help"
Cuban's efforts to improve the officiating should be appreciated, but at this juncture this sounds like misplaced blame. The Mavericks are not 13-21 because of a few bad calls. Bad calls happen all the time. So do good ones.
The Mavs are 13-21 because of a roster that Cuban helped "build".
At this point apologizing for the roster feels more appropriate than the officiating.
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