Mark Cuban voices officiating beefs

Updated: May 20, 2011, 10:27 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is still refraining from talking to the media, but he made his displeasure with the officiating known at halftime of his team's Game 2 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

While walking off the court, Cuban loudly asked officiating supervisor Bernie Fryer what he thought of the performance of referees Greg Willard, Bill Spooner and Tom Washington.

A longtime NBA referee who was seated behind press row at the American Airlines Center, Fryer told Cuban that he thought Thursday night's crew had been "great" in the first half.

"Are you kidding me?" Cuban replied. "You're not watching the same game I am."

Cuban complained about moving screens and defensive three-second violations by the Thunder that he felt should have been called, among other things.

"Horrible," Cuban said.

Cuban has been fined more than $1 million during his 11-year ownership tenure, mostly for publicly complaining about officiating. He pointed out to the media two key calls he deemed incorrect after the Mavs' last playoff loss, when Dallas blew a 23-point lead to the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 4 of the first round, but was not fined for those comments.

Tim MacMahon covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com.

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