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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

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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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The Knicks were blown out, again, Friday night vs. the Golden State Warriors. And in a season like this, you go from "we have to stay positive" to "we have to find answers" to "boiling over with frustration" and eventually giving up. The Knicks hit "boiling over with frustration" Friday as veteran Tyson Chandler let Marreese Speights, that's right, Mo Speights, get under his skin, eventually forcing an ejection. CBSSports.com

On an attempted inside move, Speights was fouled by Chandler, who responded to the Warriors’ verbal assault with other niceties that got him ejected. “It was just me being frustrated with everything that’s been going on,” Chandler said. “When you get beat like that [at] home, it’s all frustration, but it’s over with,” Speights said. New York Post

February 26, 2014 Updates

The NBA really has changed quite dramatically under Adam Silver. We know this because Mark Cuban is now gushing over decisions made by the commissioner’s office. It happened Monday night at Madison Square Garden, when Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks’ outspoken owner, was asked a general question about Silver, who took the commissioner’s reins from David Stern on Feb. 1. “I think he’s taken some great steps on the officiating,” Cuban said. “There’s been more changes in 15 days, or whatever it is, than I saw in 14 years.” Cuban then divulged the most significant of those changes: The league is now sending its teams regular reports on blown calls by the referees. It’s one of the first steps in Silver’s push for greater transparency. Cuban has been advocating for measures like this since he purchased the Mavericks in 2000. Bleacher Report

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins had to be restrained as he screamed at an official following his ejection from Sacramento’s 129-103 home loss to Houston on Tuesday. This was a one-sided affair from very early on, as the Rockets led 50-19 in the second quarter, and Cousins didn’t stick around to see the end of it. With a little over 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter and Houston leading 73-54, Rockets center Dwight Howard stretched to finish an alley-oop dunk with Cousins underneath him. After the slam attempt missed, Cousins was called for a foul for leaning in Howard’s direction, although there didn’t appear to be much contact between the players. SI.com

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