DA: The league experimented with “off-site” video review during the Vegas Summer League (really, it was just a locker room in the back of the buildings) to try and simulate how replays could be reviewed and decisions made by its league Replay Center in New Jersey during the regular season. At present, the Replay Center only lines up the replays for the officials on site; the referees at the games make the final decisions on reviewable matters. I think the league should take over that responsibility, just as the NHL and Major League Baseball have done. Hockey in particular has done an excellent job of having its replay officials in New York make quick decisions that don’t interfere with the flow of the game.
Pete Pranica: Also from NBA meetings: the Instant Replay Center exceeded expectations with reducing time of reviews, getting calls correct. Of calls reviewed, the toughest and that take longest are clear-path and out of bounds plays.
The official report: Monty McCutchen is the lead with James Capers and Jason Phillips. The home team is 4-1 with McCutchen as the lead official in these playoffs. This exact group worked Game 1’s 108-100 Warriors victory in Oakland. The Cavs had McCutchen for a 106-91 victory over the Bulls, and Golden State had him for a 99-98 victory over Houston.
Tonight’s Game 5 referees are Monty McCutchen, James Capers, and Jason Phillips, which is about as solid a crew as you’re going to get until the NBA loads it up if there’s a Game 7 next Friday. If you’ve been following the playoffs, you know that this is also a relatively good draw for the Warriors, because the NBA’s other option for the lead in this game was Scott Foster, who is a very good ref but one stat is eye-catching right now. Road teams are 11-1 with Foster calling the game in this year’s playoffs, including Game 2 of the NBA finals, when Cleveland won at Oracle. Foster also called Game 2 of the Memphis series, which the Warriors also lost at Oracle. (And Game 3 in both the New Orleans and Houston series, when the Warriors won on the road both times.) With this rotation, Foster is now set up to call Game 6 at Cleveland–so the Warriors would not only avoid Foster at Oracle, they are likely get him in Cleveland… double-whammy there for the Cavaliers, if you believe in these stats.
On Friday night, a day after Crawford told Mozgov to “shut up” and warned James not to interfere with him during Game 4 of the NBA Finals, actor Rob Lowe recounted his own close encounter with Crawford. Rob Lowe: On the floor at a Laker game years ago, I was all over him. He gave me his whistle, said “Think you can do better?!” https://twitter.com/latimes/status/609549522298109953 …
The referees officiating Game 3 of the NBA Finals missed two calls in the last minute of play, according to the NBA. On Wednesday, the NBA released its review of the final two minutes of the Cleveland Cavalier’s 96-91 victory over the Golden State Warriors.