Veteran NBA referee Danny Crawford will officiate in the NBA Finals for the 23rd time, while ref John Goble will call a Finals game for the first time, highlighting a wide range of experience for the 12 referees selected to work the Cleveland Cavaliers-Golden State Warriors series. The officials were selected based on their performance in the first three rounds of the postseason.
The other 10: Mike Callahan (14th Finals appearance); Ken Mauer (12th); Scott Foster (10th); Monty McCutchen (ninth); Derrick Stafford (seventh); Tony Brothers (sixth); James Capers (sixth); Marc Davis (sixth); Ed Malloy (fifth); Zach Zarba (fourth).
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Cleveland Cavaliers swingman Iman Shumpert believes there are already enough rules favoring offense. “Trust me, we don’t need the league putting in any more fouls and advantages for offensive players,” Shumpert said following the Cavaliers’ practice Monday afternoon. “We don’t need it. If you take a contest out of the game, come on.”
The NBA said in a Last Two Minute report Saturday that the Celtics should have had an extra second on the clock before the final play in the Washington Wizards’ 92-91 triumph on Friday. Thomas missed a rushed, off-balance 3-point heave before the final buzzer.