Dirk Nowitzki to Official: You Blew Game if Call Wrong

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Dirk Nowitzki has rarely, if ever in his 18-year career, publicly criticized officiating. He made an exception Saturday night.

Nowitzki was unable to bite his tongue when asked about a critical call that went against the Dallas Mavericks with 1:10 remaining in Saturday’s 105-98 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.

“To me, that’s [the] game right there,” Nowitzki said. “It’s almost under a minute, and [the deficit] goes from three to five, and you’re basically reaching to get back in the game. I was just telling him, ‘If you’re going to make that call, you’ve got to be 1,000 percent sure he actually hit him. Other than that, you just blew the game.’

Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN

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