Anyone who expects a dramatic reversal of officiating fortunes in Thursday’s Game 3 at FedEx Forum may want to lower expectations. “It will have zero effect on officiating,” Carlesimo said. “Every crew, even in the first round, will have officials who have worked hundreds of playoff games, and the chance of their being swayed by a coach’s comments or what is written in the press is zero. They are above it. It’s the way it should be. The league has their back, and they could care less what is said.
April 23, 2017 | 3:37 pm EDT Update
Calvin Watkins: League announced $25K fine for Beverley because he confronted a fan after Friday’s game. The interesting thing about the fine is there’s a belief the fan said something to Beverley that prompted the later confrontation.