DALLAS – There was really only one moment during Game 2 when the Mavericks had a right to be upset with the officiating.
And Danny Crawford had nothing to do with it.
Referee Ed Malloy swallowed his whistle with a little more than a minute remaining in the first half when Blazers star LaMarcus Aldridge lowered his shoulder and ran over Tyson Chandler en route to a layup. Chandler hit the floor hard and wasn’t happy about it.
After getting back on his feet, Chandler gave Malloy an earful. Malloy responded by putting the T in Tyson, slapping a technical foul on the Mavs’ big man.
Chandler isn’t a flopper, so if he hits the floor, either a charge or block ought to be called. Chandler certainly isn’t going to land on his butt on purpose, considering that he suffered a bruised tailbone when he tried to take a charge earlier this month.
But Chandler, who has his hands full slowing down Aldridge without clouding his mind by worrying about officiating, didn’t stay mad. He calmed down during a 20-second timeout and got back to playing basketball, showing the poise expected of a veteran the Mavs consider their emotional leader.
“It’s playoff basketball,” Chandler said. “You get hot for a second and you’ve got to bring yourself back, because it’s not about you. It’s not about me. It’s about the team. Can’t do anything stupid. I’ve got to be out there to help us defensively.”