Mark Cuban is up to his old tricks - and frustrations - once again.
After the Mavericks suffered their seventh straight overtime loss of the season, this one to a New Orleans team that doesn't yet know what exactly it will be called next year, CUban.
Ironic that, around the anniversary of Cuban purchasing the team, he would do what he unfortunately has gained the most notoriety doing. Cuban has been fined more than $1 million for his multiple criticisms regarding NBA officials.
"I'm sorry, NBA fans,'' Cuban posted on Twitter following the game. "I've tried for 13 years to fix the officiating in this league and I have failed miserably. Any suggestions? I need help."
Cuban's frustrations from Saturday's 99-96 loss seemed to come from Darren Collison getting called for a foul on Eric Gordon with less than five seconds left in the overtime, allowing Gordon to complete a three-point play that helped the Hornets put the game away.
There was also O.J. Mayo's attempt to win the game in regulation when Gordon seemed to come in contact with both Mayo and the ball, and the referees ruled it a kicked ball rather than a foul.
But other factors contributed to the loss. Dirk Nowitzki, starting for the first time this season, missed a free throw with 18 seconds left that could have given Dallas the lead. They allowed players like Greivis Vasquez to go off on them with 25 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter.
"We can’t guard nobody,'' Marion told DallasBasketball.com's Mike Fisher after the game. "We’ve got to step up and contain guys and make them do something that they’re not comfortable doing. And if we don’t do that we’re going to have problems.”
So far, Dirk's return hasn't helped turn things around. The Mavs are now 13-21, leading now to the very real possibility that this 12-year playoff streak can come to an end. And as fans know, dropping to the lottery can result in a very long time getting out.