We looked inside some of the tweets by @OfficialNBARefs and here's what we found interesting.
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#TBT: NBA Referee Marc Davis when he was officiating in one of his first postseason assignments. Davis is a 21-year NBA veteran and has previously officiated in over 118 #NBAPlayoffs games and 10 #NBAFinals games. Tonight, he will lead the referee crew as crew chief.
In the last 2:00 or OT, game officials use replay when uncertain which team should be awarded the ball on an out of bounds. There is a “ruling on the floor” but the RC can be called on to review. To overturn the on-court ruling, the RC ref must have clear and conclusive evidence.
Referees are judging the legality of the defender so if the defender establishes a legal position, he can retreat legally. Once he begins to move laterally, he must regain legal position in front of his opponent #RefWatchParty https://twitter.com/hunterrgomez/status/1130672272732229632 …
So Curry jumping directly into defender is no big deal? What about all that “straight up & down” stuff you told us re: James Harden? How Jumping Fwd isn’t a shooting motion etc? Curry clearly initiated contact w/ defender. https://twitter.com/officialnbarefs/status/1130671943903043585 …
An offensive player is allowed to jump toward the basket. A defender needs to jump vertically to maintain legality. #RefWatchParty
@OfficialNBARefs is there a “Referee University”? Where do refs get trained and recruited?
NBA scouts recruit candidates to move through a grassroots tryout system. If hired in the G-League, a ref develops through game experience and evaluation. The goal is to be invited to the NBA referee preseason meeting and work NBA preseason games. #RefWatchParty
These technical fouls are not considered unsportsmanlike technical fouls. They do not count towards an ejection #RefWatchParty https://twitter.com/stanley10132002/status/1130661857633554433 …
Do you try to assign them by region/geography and will any work some games in both Western Conference finals and East traveling back and forth?
We don't make the assignments - NBA and Ref Ops manage the scheduling for all games. Referees can be scheduled in both east and west conference finals games - However, no back to backs in playoffs at all:
Clear path foul: 1. The offensive player w/ the ball must be positioned above the tip of circle in backcourt w/ no defenders ahead when fouled 2. The offensive player has ball control or a pass to him has been released 3. Foul deprives the team of transition scoring opportunity
Q2 :08 - Although initially ahead of Curry, Lillard does not maintain a position between the dribbler and the basket when the illegal contact takes place. This is the reasoning for the clear path foul. #RefWatchParty
Q2 5:33 - Here's a good example of a gather and continuation play. Lillard's "gather" is considered when he ends his dribble and has control of the ball. He is then fouled by Bogut who slides over late and bumps Lillard as he shoots. It's a correct call. #RefWatchParty