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Missed travels by Dallas (Game 3). Plus, an admission from Mark Jackson about constant missed traveling

We know you’re reading this post after Tuesday’s Game 4 in the Finals is over, but we still have some business from Game 3 to finish before moving on to Game 4. We regret we didn’t have enough time to publish a video of all the ref calls we thought the refs got right in Game 3. There was just too much stuff to cover that we believe the refs got wrong, which we’ve done over the past couple of days through other posts.

In the video below are the Dallas travels the refs missed in Game 3 (the Heat’s missed travels are here).

In the video is some of my favorite dialogue from national TV announcers about missed violations from the refs. In the last clip at about the 1:20 mark, Jeff Van Gundy calls out the refs for missing an obvious Jason Kidd travel, which must have made play-by-play guy Mike Breen and analyst Mark Jackson uncomfortable because they had just been raving about how Kidd was so smart to fake out Dwyane Wade to get him to foul him and said nothing about the travel. Personally speaking, we lose alot of respect for announcers who don’t point out the most obvious of travels that are missed.

After Van Gundy opened up about Kidd’s travel that wasn’t called, fellow analyst Mark Jackson let it fly, perhaps because he doesn’t have to worry about keeping his announcing job since he’s “outta there” after these NBA Finals are over, on his way to Golden State.

Here’s what Jackson said about what announcers are inclined to do:

“We fall in love with paying attention to the shot, but we lose sight of the traveling violation that constantly occurs.”

WOW! Beyond the millions he will make as a coach and getting back to the thrill of NBA competition, maybe this is one small reason why Jackson has decided to leave broadcasting and accepted the Golden State Warriors head coaching job on Tuesday — perhaps he’s uncomfortable that as an announcer who has to get viewers excited about the game, it wouldn’t make for good television or make the league look good to mention missed travels every time they occur, and instead talk about the athleticism or the dunk that’s demonstrated during or after the travel.

If Jackson has truly lost sight over time that travels occur, that concerns me that a new head coach in the league can lose sight of something that’s such a prevalent part of the game that gives players (his future opponents) an unfair advantage. For Jackson’s sake, I hope it’s not an indicator of his attention to detail when he’s coaching the Warriors next season.

On to other details about the video above…We had originally calculated 9 missed travels, but after looking at the video closer, we determined that Dirk Nowitzki has really perfected his dribbling such that we had to take out 3 of the plays where we thought he originally traveled.

What Nowitzki is able to do better than what we’ve seen with other players is cut down on the little baby step they take after completing their dribble. He does that by making sure that his hand touches the ball at about the same time the first little step is taken, not before.

As a result, you can’t say he has completed his dribble before his foot touches the floor. But it does take a little bit off of his ability to get past his defender, which is fair since that’s what may have been the intent of the people who originally wrote the rule — so defenders weren’t hung out to dry unfairly.

That means out of the 6 travels, only three were by Nowitzki, two from Jason Kidd, and one by Jose Barea. These six travels still resulted in 7 points being scored in the possessions where they weren’t called.

Here is the order of the Dallas players who had missed traveling violations in the video.

  1. Jason Kidd
  2. Jose Barea
  3. Dirk Nowitzki
  4. Dirk Nowitzki
  5. Jason Kidd
  6. Dirk Nowitzki