Nate McMillan upset by officiating
DALLAS -- There was complaining about officiating after a playoff game at the American Airlines Center, and Mark Cuban wasn't anywhere near a microphone.
Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan was perturbed about the free throw disparity, particularly in the fourth quarter, in Game 1 versus the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs made 18 of 19 free throws in the final frame, while the Trail Blazers went 1-for-2.
"The free throws, I just don't get that," McMillan said. "It's hard for our guys to know how to play out there when it's called a little different; 19 to two in the fourth quarter. And I felt like we were attacking, and guys really didn't know how to play with the fouls that were being called. A lot of touch fouls. I thought that took the momentum away and pretty much gave them control in the game."
Dirk Nowitzki didn't go to the line in the first three quarters, but he made all 13 of his attempts in the fourth. The Trail Blazers, by contrast, shot 13 free throws all game.
McMillan was puzzled about how the Trail Blazers could score 46 points in the paint -- the Mavs had only 18 -- but get so few fouls called.
"There were no calls in some situations," McMillan said. "But I thought we were being aggressive."
The Mavs, of course, thought the officiating crew of Mike Callahan, David Jones and Ken Mauer did a commendable job.
"I don't think the officials were a favorite to either team," said Jason Kidd, who scored all 24 of his points from the floor. "Both teams are going to complain about fouls during a game. That's what we do."
McMillan continued his complaining during the postgame news conference.
Tim MacMahon covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com.