Gregg Popovich ripped his Spurs after they beat the lowly Mavericks by just five Monday, storming away from his postgame press conference and then returning just to add that Dallas should have won.
He might have been right.
With the Mavericks down one, Harrison Barnes missed with 15 seconds left. Manu Ginobili grabbed the defensive rebound – with the help of David Lee, who got away with loose-ball fouling Salah Mejri, according to the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report:
Lee (SAS) clamps the arm of Mejri (DAL) and affects his ability to retrieve the rebound.
The Spurs were in the penalty, so a correct call would’ve sent Mejri – who’s about a 60% free-throw shooter – to the line for two attempts.
Instead, Dallas began intentionally fouling, and San Antonio pulled away for a 96-91 win.