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Anyone who has watched Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals realizes the officiating has been, well, to be kind, less than stellar.
Apparently, the NBA referees have heard the same and in what appears to be an attempt at some damage control after several missed or incorrect games in the first two games, the NBRA — the referees’ union — will be life tweeting Game 3 of the Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight last Quicken Loans Arena.
NBA Twitter has a lot to say – especially during the #NBAFinals. And now we'll be joining the conversation.
— NBA Referees (@OfficialNBARefs) June 5, 2018
The NBRA says it will watch tonight’s game and respond with reactions to what goes on during the game and, presumably, offer explanations to the conversation on Twitter being led by fans.
Can you imagine what would have happened down the stretch of Game 1? Especially, on the block-charge call on Kevin Durant of the Warriors that was initially called a charge on Durant, then after controversially going to replay, changed to a blocking call on LeBron James of the Cavaliers.
Or how about in Game 2, when James was undercut in the open floor by Steph Curry of the Warriors, only to have no call be made?
There’s not an an avenue for this to go well for the NBRA. Cleveland fans have been steamed pretty much from the opening tip of these Finals, with a stream of calls going against their underdog team, only lengthening the odds against the Cavaliers pulling off a stunning upset in this series.
If the calls continue to go against the Cavaliers tonight, their fans will be ready with torches and pitchforks.
On the other hand, if the calls suddenly begin to go Cleveland’s way, it will come across as the officials attempting to make good on what went down in Games 1 and 2.
Regardless, NBRA on Twitter will be must-read material.