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The NBA issued a two-game suspension to Dallas Mavericks public-address announcer Sean Heath due to tweets criticizing officiating, multiple sources briefed on the situation told ESPNDallas.com. The suspension will begin Saturday night, when the Mavs face the Phoenix Suns in the final home game of the regular season. Heath will complete the suspension either in the first home game of the playoffs or next season's home opener, depending on whether the Mavs advance. ESPN.com

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

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Since Adam Silver took over for David Stern as NBA commissioner, one of his avowed changes has been greater transparency with the league’s officiating. The NBA took an important step in that direction on Monday, when it announced that all memos sent to officials will now be made public, so fans will be able to see what the league is telling referees to emphasize. Here’s the first of these public memos, which doesn’t contain anything revolutionary but is still encouraging to see being made public: We want to make sure you are aware of the following topic we will be alerting referees to today. We have noticed that defenders have been turning sideways when jumping to defend an oncoming offensive player on drives to the basket. This is illegal and referees are being instructed to call this a blocking foul. While we commonly discuss verticality in the context of secondary defenders inside the restricted area (see restricted area and verticality reminder further below), this change will apply to defenders turning sideways while in the air whether inside or outside the restricted area on drives. For The Win

March 27, 2014 Updates
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The NBA wants instant replay reviews to be better, and more efficient. So new commissioner Adam Silver is implementing a new centralized video review center that will monitor all necessary game replays, with the idea to streamline the process and cut down the time. "What we're in the process of doing is we're going to create a central location where we'll have people there who will be watching every game," NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said Friday, via ESPN.com. "When the referees go over to the side, in many instances the [central replay center] will already know what happened and they'll be able to tell the referee, which will hopefully take less time." CBSSports.com

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It's unintentional, but NBA referees call fewer fouls on players of their own race, according to a recently published paper co-authored by a BYU professor. Yet the study, which came out last week in Quarterly Journal of Economics, has ramifications beyond the basketball court, says Joe Price, a BYU economics professor who co-authored the study as a Ph.D. student at Cornell along with assistant professor Justin Wolfers at the University of Pennsylvania. Deseret News

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