NBA denies Hawks protest of Dec. 30 loss at Cavs. Also, sun reportedly to rise tomorrow.

The league today denied the Hawks’ protest of their Dec. 30 loss at Cleveland due to a shot clock error.

“From the time we filed our protest, we indicated that we would allow the process to run its course, and today, the commissioner’s office has reached a decision,” Hawks GM Rick Sund said in a statement. “We abide by the league’s decision and will have no further comment regarding this matter.”

At least there will be no real letdown for the Hawks. It seems no one in the organization really expected to get a replay of the final two minutes of that 106-101 defeat.

Probably some of that is because it’s rare for the league to overturn a game result (yes, I know it happened to the Hawks). There’s also the feeling, shared by lots of people who follow (or hate) the NBA, that the league would not make a ruling at the expense of one of its marquee teams (we are back to Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal’s Heat winning that protest of the Dec. 19, 2007 loss to the Hawks).

That’s not really based on real, hard evidence, just perceptions about the league’s decisions. Which of course is enough to get conspiracy theorists talking about fixes and favoritism. But just because there is no hard evidence to support a theory (please save your Tim Donaghy smack) doesn’t mean it’s not true. See how that works?

Anyway, for what it’s worth, NBA commish David Stern said in a statement that the failure of the shot clock to reset “did not have a clear impact on the game’s outcome and therefore did not justify the extraordinary remedy of granting the protest and overturning the game’s result.”

The Hawks disagreed. They led by a point when the clock failed to reset after they got a defensive rebound with 1:57 to play. That led them to rush their offensive possession, which led to a turnover, which led to Cleveland taking the lead. Also, the officials missed what would have been a Hawks backcourt violation if they’d been paying attention to the shot clock, and there also should have been a Hawks shot clock violation before their turnover. Woody protested, but lead official Ken Mauer shrugged.

(Aside: Considering this isn’t the only controversial call involving Mauer , maybe this is less about conspiracies and more about competency.)

So that was three timing errors in that Cavs-Hawks game. It didn’t matter. Hey, what did you expect, man? LeBron and Shaq play for Cleveland.

92 comments Add your comment

Rod from College Park

January 19th, 2010
4:37 pm

In the NBA anything involving Lebron should be expected to go his way. Stern’s statement is absurd.

Boom Dizzle

January 19th, 2010
4:40 pm

Wow, they denied the protest from the Cavs game…..why am I not shocked? ……David “the Don” Stern can’t have anybody messing up his Cavs/Lakers finals……..

clarkekent

January 19th, 2010
4:42 pm

its cle and lebron and shaq and the NBA. like we really thought the NBA would do that game over.. and it was labron’s birthday. the NBA does show favortitism. its just like boxig; you have to knock out the champ.. if not and you let it go to the judges for a decision; you will lose.

MannyT

January 19th, 2010
4:46 pm

No surprise. Mauer gets tasered by league outside the view of mortals. That’s all folks.

Next time Woody needs to get a red flag from one of his NFL coaching bretheren and toss it in the middle of the court ;-)

BWAF

dstdeelite

January 19th, 2010
4:52 pm

jerrywest

January 19th, 2010
4:55 pm

Remember Garnett didn’t get suspended for stepping into the court during a fight? There were dozens of precedence to that. NBA takes care of its Rainmen.

Josh

January 19th, 2010
5:02 pm

yeah, garbage

possum jones

January 19th, 2010
5:04 pm

no real surprise…i tried to speak it (protest) into existence, but to no avail. the nba would have a significantly better product if officials would just call the game.

GeeMack

January 19th, 2010
5:09 pm

Had we drafted CP3 this game would have been played over. It’s not the NBA fault we don’t have a superstar to promote.

rms

January 19th, 2010
5:23 pm

NBA is rigged! Foolish Mortals!!!!!!!!!!!

Fundamentals

January 19th, 2010
5:50 pm

It’s not about getting it changed to me. It’s about having your voice heard at a national level. Anything that spotlights the “King” treatment before we meet them in the playoffs is good publicity to me.

terrell

January 19th, 2010
5:53 pm

Trainwreck

January 19th, 2010
6:29 pm

Can’t say I’m surprised… The League doesn’t want the Hawks to do well anyway, it would much rather have D-Wade and the Heat as the 4th place team in the east… we get no love from the NBA community and that isn’t changing anytime soon.

blonju aka the ghost of sekou smith

January 19th, 2010
6:29 pm

i’m not suprised about this, but it doesn’t make cheating any less painful when it’s versus our home town team… david stern’s statement is one of the dumbest things i’ve ever heard anyone say about anything in my 30 years on this planet… here’s an analogy that may help us to understand the NBA’s corruption a bit more clearly: “(judge says) even though the defendent shot the victim in the chest, there is no clear evidence to suggest that the bullet wound had anything to do with the death of the victim”

blonju aka the ghost of sekou smith

January 19th, 2010
6:31 pm

….therefore, i rule in favor of the defendant – NOT guilty”

ant banks

January 19th, 2010
6:47 pm

can we be very objective?

woody could have called a time out as soon as he noticed the deficiency. Furthermore, there were a ton of miscues durin’ that game that the hawks had control over, but they didn’t manage well. so to look for a bailout from the nba is like ford and chrysler lookin’ for a bailout after years and years of mismanagement.

O'Brien

January 19th, 2010
6:51 pm

I wouldn’t mind seeing Cleveland losing in the first round. Who wants to see all those LeBron commercials anyway.

ant banks

January 19th, 2010
6:54 pm

the hawks have to take care of their own business. can’t go cryin’ like a biotch over miniscule technical errors.

had we won both knick games, the detroit game, without prince and rip, and if we had won the hornets game, without cp3, and the okc game, WE WOULD BE 31-8!!!!

WIN THE GAMES THAT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO WIN AND EVERYTHING ELSE WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF.

i am a hawks fan but i refused to get on my knees lookin’ for help when i am not takin’ care of my own business.

Blast

January 19th, 2010
6:56 pm

Of course we all knew Hawks would be denied justice. I liked that the Hawks protested, though. Maybe those effing refs will elevate their game. Stern is full of bull doodle.

I hate that Mauer guy with his stupid slick back and greasy hair. He want’s to be the star of the show? Is he Italian? Is he a mobster? All I know is the FBI needs to investigate him. I cringe anytime I see him at Hawks games.

Just shows again nothing is gonna be given to you. Hawks want respect? Then they have to do something special. They have to earn it, by winning big.

Hawk n the Ham

January 19th, 2010
6:56 pm

David Stern is nothing more than Tim Donaghy ….. but with all the power.

ajw

January 19th, 2010
6:56 pm

Mauer should at least be demoted to the d-league. He already screwed up a game with the Mavs a month before the Hawks. The Hawks will always get screwed. At least we still beat the Heat.

We should just screw every team that comes to Philips now. There are no consequences for it.

Melvin

January 19th, 2010
7:06 pm

Astro,

If you watched the Clemson/GT game tonight (7pm/ESPN2). Keep an eye on Clemson #35 Trevor Booker. He’s that tweener forward that you like…

Blast

January 19th, 2010
7:09 pm

Woody said Teague must wait behind the vets. Ha! No surprises there!

David Stern

January 19th, 2010
7:09 pm

The Hawks are my bitch.

carlton johnson

January 19th, 2010
7:10 pm

of course it had a clear impact on the game. one team gained momentum. didn’t expect anything anyway.

Miss Horford

January 19th, 2010
7:31 pm

Who ever you are David Stern…….you know yourself well!

I agree with yall fellas up yonder ways…..The Hawks do not get the butt lick like Lebron does. Wait he does not run the reffs….he IS the reff!!!! Hello! We are never gonna have that treatment!

IF ANY NBA PERSON IS HERE, THEN THINK ABOUT THIS: WOULD A FINALS WITH THE UNDERDOG AS THE POSSIBLE CHAMPION NOT PULL MORE REVENUE THAN THE SAME TEAMS EVERY SEASON? EVER THOUGHT ABOUT THAT?!

michael

January 19th, 2010
7:37 pm

CORRUPTION HAS SPREAD FROM POLITICS TO THE NBA!

O'Brien

January 19th, 2010
7:45 pm

Melvin,

I’m a GT fan, so I’ve been watching the game. Booker looks good, and it sounds like he can play outside and inside.

I did not know Derrick Favors is 6′9″ with a 9 foot wingspan. Wow. He is projected as a top 10 pick, but his potential is raw.

eggie

January 19th, 2010
8:01 pm

Any reasonable person that takes the NBA serious deserves what they get. Might as well watch professional wrestling.

Melvin

January 19th, 2010
8:12 pm

O’Brien,

Booker added an outside shot to his game this year. He maybe available when the Hawks pick. Not sure if the ASG would pick him but if he falls to the 2nd, I think they should trade up to get him. He reminds me of Dejuan Blair but more atheletic and less weight…

mark

January 19th, 2010
8:24 pm

The NBA should of shuttered the hawks, well should of shuttered the entire league years ago

Jimmy

January 19th, 2010
8:25 pm

The NBA is a joke league.
There is no way the situation the Hawks lost on is substantially different from this one.

O'Brien

January 19th, 2010
8:33 pm

He might be worh taking a chance on, because Mo Evans has a player option for 2010-2011 (which he will probably pick up). But after that, Hawks will need somebody to back up Marvin. And Booker is 6′7″ 240.

Gani Lawal will probably be there too, and the Hawks will need a backup PF soon.

Melvin

January 19th, 2010
8:48 pm

O’Brien,

He’s PF all the way…. No enough handle or shooting ability to play on the perimeter full time

It's the NBA

January 19th, 2010
8:56 pm

If they did something good it would hurt their bad image

ant banks

January 19th, 2010
9:26 pm

i am surprised at the hawks fans complainin’ about a do over. “FREEDOM WILL NEVER BE GRANTED BY THE OPPRESSOR. IT MUST BE TAKEN BY THE OPPRESSED”-MALCOLM X

the nba ain’t givin’ the hawks ish. so get over it!!! the hawks have to take it!!! they can start by winnin’ games that they are supposed to win like the 2 home games we lost to knicks, the game we lost to detroit, the game we lost to the hornets, without cp3, and the game we lost to okc.

i ain’t goin’ to say what yall sound like, but damn. nba didnt “give” nothin’ to jordan. he took the ish. they could not get past detroit, then pippen came and jordan took it. hawks need to take some of these games and build a lead on orlando and quit snivelin’ like a hurt trick after her pimp dumps her.

GO HAWKS!!!

Saint Richt

January 19th, 2010
9:26 pm

Fire Mike Woodson……go focus on winning the games at HOME that you should (Knicks x 2, Thunder).

O'Brien

January 19th, 2010
9:31 pm

Melvin,

If he is a PF, I dont think the Hawks would take him then, because he is only 6′7″.

They might be better off taking Gani Lawal then, because at least he is 6′9″, and he should be available when they pick in the low 20s range.

Well, Raptors down by 6 in Cleveland with under 1 minute left. Oh well. At least the Celtics lost last night. As bad as the Hawks have looked at times, they are only one and a half games from the #2 seed.

richbrave

January 19th, 2010
10:01 pm

David “the Don” Stern can’t have anybody messing up his Cavs/Lakers finals……..

Ain’t that the truth. Sorry CLYDE, no T-shirt purchares for me.

richbrave

January 19th, 2010
10:04 pm

Well, I think HORFORD is a superstar.

Miss Horford

January 19th, 2010
10:20 pm

I agree! I think Horford is our best player. He’s the heart of our team!

Ken Strickland

January 19th, 2010
10:21 pm

BLAST-I believe we play the Kings tomorrow, who have a rookie guard named Tyreke Evans who’s stats are comparable to Joe Johnsons. JJ/TEVANS/ MPG-37.7/37.4, PPG-21.3/20.8, RPG-4.2/5, APG-4.4/5, SPG-1/1.5 & FG%-.452/.459. If we had gotten him in the trade instead of JCrawford, with him being a rookie, what are the odds of Woodson giving him the ALaw/JTeague treatment instead of the JCrawford treatment?

As far as us drafting CP3 is concerned, you must remember he would have been a ROOKIE. Woodson had already publically stated his doubts about his ability before the draft, as well as PG DWilliams. So, you can pretty much count on the NBA being deprived of the talent, production and impact of CP3 if he had to play under Woodson. After all, we did have veterans TLue, AJohnson and SClaxton, and you know Woody’s philosophy of sitting rookie guards indefinitely, no matter what, and playing his vets.

Fundamentals

January 19th, 2010
10:24 pm

Ken,

Will you ever move on? I guess when Woodson does?

We all know about AC, Salim, Royal, ect, but have you checked their stats once they left the Hawks to “excellent” coaching. I’m not defending Woodson for being inconsistent with minutes for Teague, but come up with a new take and drop the we should’ve drafted so an so cause it ain’t helping our cause.

I agree Evans is an extremely rare talent. I’d guess he would excel in most any system. His size will give all of our guards fits tomorrow. Should be a good game. Just gotta hope Kevin Martin doesn’t pull a Nate Robinson on us.

Dan

January 19th, 2010
10:30 pm

I hate David Stern. Unreal…not that I am surprised, but I am amazed the guy makes no attempt to hide is love affair with the superstar players in the league.

Anytime the Hawks play the Cavs or Celtics, they are playing at an 8 on 5 disadvantage. The next time a shot clock problem like the Hawks had in Cleveland happens to the Cavs or C’s will be the first time.

Fundamentals

January 19th, 2010
10:31 pm

SAK seems to have a lot of bigs, but few shot blockers or folks on the boards. Should be a good night to showcase Al & Josh.

Fundamentals

January 19th, 2010
10:35 pm

Love the quote and commentary Ant Banks. We will definitely have to reach the ECF to begin to get respect, but Stern will only give us equality and preference when our team draws good national ratings. That will only come with high profile players and consistent wins. Being a great team pulling the underdog card wont work. We’ll have to earn our respect by winning at the highest level consistently. That is the nature of the NBA.

P from the C

January 19th, 2010
11:00 pm

If it wasn’t for that shot clock f-up Atlanta would have won the night before. Just win Atlanta.

TheAntiMe

January 19th, 2010
11:28 pm

There’s no way that Pope David is ever going to rule against either Saint LeBron or Saint Kobe or against their respective teams.

Just Saying

January 19th, 2010
11:47 pm

No one in the Hawks organization cares about this just like they don’t care we will get booted second round of playoffs again this year.

Keep buying those Chick-fil-A family plan tickets everyone and welcome Woodson back next season for that big second place eastern conference push they have planned for 2011 season.

bigstack19

January 20th, 2010
12:08 am

The NBA refs are horrible. They call fouls that are committed against marquee players like King Over-rated LeBron James when he isn’t even touched yet I watched a game recently where Horford basically got mugged and assaulted and a foul wasn’t called. As far as conspiracies, it always has struck me as odd how the Magic always fare so well when they are in the lottery yet the Hawks were God awful for years and got no higher than 2nd. The lottery is absurd anyway. What a lame ass way to determine the draft order. It isn’t as bad as say an All-Star game deciding homefield in a championship series, but it is close.