The Golden State Warriors face elimination from the NBA Finals at the hands of the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 tonight, but they have something other than Kawhi “The Kingslayer” Leonard to worry about.
It’s the officiating. The Warriors should probably be worried about who’s been selected to ref the game.
Marc Davis, David Guthrie and John Goble will officiate Game 6 of the Finals, with Eric Lewis as an alternate official, the National Basketball Referees Association (NBRA) announced on its Twitter account Thursday morning.
The last time Davis and Guthrie officiated an NBA game was Game 3 of the Finals, when the Warriors lost to the Raptors 123-109 at Oracle Arena.
But Game 3 isn’t the Dubs’ only cause for concern.
According to the Twitter account @NBARefStats, the Raptors are 9-0 this season in games officiated by Davis, including three playoff wins, whereas the Warriors are 3-5.
But let’s look at Game 3 as a case study. There were several moments when fans complained about the officiating in that game.
To be fair, there were missed calls that went for and against the Warriors, like the missed carrying call on Warriors guard Stephen Curry that led to his three-pointer from deep (he even got a temporary nickname, “Steph Carry,” because of the moment) and the missed goaltending call that led to Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins being robbed of a bucket. The NBRA even admitted missing both calls.
Arguably one of the most egregious calls of the game was when Warriors guard Quinn Cook and Raptors guard Kyle Lowry collided, with likely no fault of either player, but Cook was called for a foul.
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