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April 15, 2014 Updates

Thunder forward Nick Collison and New Orleans guard Austin Rivers were ejected in the second quarter of the Thunder’s 101-89 loss to the Pelicans on Monday night. The two exchanged shoves and had to be separated before coming to blows. The incident began on a Thunder offensive possession. Collison attempted to set a screen on Rivers, who took exception to the contact and pushed Collison. Collison threw both arms in the air and looked around for the refs to make a call. It didn’t come. As the two transitioned to the other end, Collison then took matters into his own hands, delivering a forceful forearm shove into Rivers’ back. Rivers turned and charged at Collison, who appeared to briefly cock back his fist. The two were then separated and a double technical foul was called before referees reviewed the incident and upgraded it to double ejections. Oklahoman

April 14, 2014 Updates

For more than a month-and-a-half, Cousins had avoided picking up his dreaded 16th technical foul. The 23-year-old center was last T’d up during a Feb. 25 match-up against the Houston Rockets. The 21-game period from late February to mid April was the longest streak of no technical foul calls for Cousins in his four-year career. “It would be disappointing,” Kings starting point guard Isaiah Thomas said when asked about the possibility of not having Cousins available for the final game of the season. “But we’ve had him out before, we’ve had Rudy (Gay) out before and even had myself out before so there’s no excuses. We gotta go out and play and try to win a ball game.” Cowbell Kingdom

April 10, 2014 Updates

Adi Joseph: The NBA has confirmed that Mason Plumlee's block against LeBron James was clean, that he got the ball first. That was NBA President of Basketball Operations Rod Thorn who confirmed it and said it was "very, very close." Twitter @AdiJoseph

April 9, 2014 Updates

With Miami down by one and time running out, Rashard Lewis somehow got a pass from underneath the basket to James, who rose as Plumlee jumped to contest the play. Replays showed Joe Johnson made some contact with James as he started his move and that Plumlee hit the four-time MVP's hand on the dunk try, but the Heat never got the call they wanted. "My initial thought was to just foul and make him earn it at the free-throw line," Plumlee said. That's precisely what the Heat thought he did. "He grabbed my right hand," James said. "He didn't do it on purpose, but he got my right hand." Said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra: "It was a foul from my vantage point. But what can you do?" ESPN.com

April 3, 2014 Updates

Longtime NBA referee Dick Bavetta eclipsed former Major League Baseball player Cal Ripken’s ironman streak, working his 2,633rd straight regular-season game on Wednesday night when the Brooklyn Nets faced the New York Knicks. The league paid tribute to Bavetta before the game with a commemorative plaque and a basketball given to him by NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn. The 74-year-old Bavetta started working NBA games in 1975. In addition to 82 regular-season games per season, Bavetta has officiated 270 playoff games, 27 NBA Finals games and three All-Star Games. His resume includes the 1992 Summer Olympics. Basketball Insiders

“Well, it means that I am here and alive and happy,” Bavetta said, according to ESPN. “And it doesn’t end here as they say. After tonight, there is another game. That is what we (do). I am just blessed that the ironman streak has been broken here (at Madison Square Garden), I couldn’t ask for something any better. “I can’t think of any reason unless it’s an act of God with weather problems and things like that, but I’ve been blessed by the good Lord above with good health. So that has enabled me to stay healthy over the years and I think it’s symbolic of our profession.” Basketball Insiders

April 2, 2014 Updates

NBA referee Dick Bavetta worked his 2,633rd consecutive game assignment Wednesday, an ironman streak even longer than the one baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. compiled. Bavetta worked the game between the Knicks and Nets at Madison Square Garden, where he began his career in 1975, extending a streak during which he has never missed an assignment. He chalked up his streak to good health, a dedication he said all officials shared, and a fear of inconveniencing someone else if he had to take a day off. "I tell you I don't think about it, in a sense that I guess it's a work ethic that I got from my mom and dad, and it's always been my way of thinking, that you get a fair day's wage for a fair day's work," Bavetta said before the game. And I can't think of any reason unless it's an act of God with weather problems and things like that, but I've been blessed by the good Lord above with good health, so that has enabled me to stay healthy over the years, and I think it's symbolic of our profession." Oklahoman

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However on Friday night, George made his disgust known after the Pacers' 91-78 loss to the Washington Wizards. "I thought they were great looks, every last one of them," George said, while answering a question about the team's shot attempts. "I don't know if they were all clean. It's just crazy. We played against a team (Miami) the other night where if you breathed on a guy, he went to the line. I'm not saying I'm the caliber player but it's just frustrating." USA Today Sports

March 27, 2014 Updates
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On Thursday, Durant was hit with a technical with 16.9 seconds remaining in the first quarter when he stared down a Cavs player following a dunk. The action perhaps fell under the league’s taunting restrictions. But while Durant said he needs to be more careful the rest of the season, he also plans on appealing Thursday’s technical. “I’m going to try to get that tech rescinded,” Durant said of Thursday’s tech. “I was just reacting to the play that I made and (the ref) T’d me up. So hopefully we get that thing rescinded. But I just got to be more cautious.” Oklahoman

“He has to make sure we take care of that,” Brooks said. “That’s part of the game. Emotions are part of the game. But I think he’s well-aware of it. We have to make sure that he just stays within the game and not let the things that he can’t control affect him. But he’s done a good job all year. It’s a couple lately that he has to make sure that he holds himself back.” Oklahoman

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Washington Wizards guard John Wall was fined $15,000 by the NBA for inappropriate comments toward game officials. Wall made the remarks on the court after the Wizards' 98-85 home loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night. Wall had plenty to say about the officiating. He was particularly upset that was called for fouling Kemba Walker during Walker's three-point attempt in the fourth quarter. "I ain't touch him. All he did is scream," Wall said. "Ref gave him a call all night because he was screaming . . . I think they made some unfortunate calls plenty of times." Wall also said: "Plenty of times I drove to the basket. I think I should have been to the line plenty more." Philadelphia Inquirer

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