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Mavs’ Mark Cuban calls out NBA’s ‘stupidity’ during Warriors-Rockets

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is tired of the side-to-side swipe foul, one Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant popularized dating back to his days with the Oklahoma City Thunder. After watching Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Warriors and the Houston Rockets, Cuban took to Twitter to explain his displeasure.

Durant got the advantage of his mastery for drawing this foul in several instances, but so did Chris Paul, getting to the line four times for it, as teams hit the bonus early.

KD’s long arms allow him to go side-to-side on his natural shooting motion and create shooting fouls, a tactic he used to get forward P.J. Tucker; a hand-active defender, in foul trouble during the second half.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey agreed with Cuban, saying he’s been trying to get rid of it for more than a decade.

However there were more atrocious calls throughout the game than side-to-side swipes, like this Captain Hook from James Harden that was called on Kevon Looney, despite the evidence below.

If the league office takes a look at side-to-sides, it will also be forced to look at things like the unnatural swing of the legs during the shooting motion.

For anyone who watches Harden closely, he hardly ever leans forward during a jump shot (pull-up or not), yet he did each and every time a defender was close enough to contest it — exaggerating so in each opportunity.

While he got two of such calls in the first quarter, officials went away from the call as the game went on, considering he tried to exploit this.

The defender is no longer endangering the player as much as the player endangers himself by leaning forward on the shot. But that and Cuban’s beef with side-to-sides will have to wait until the committee talks about it during the offseason.

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