NBA Referees to Discuss Calls with Fans on Twitter in Game 3 of 2018 NBA Finals

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) argues with referee Pat Fraher during the second half of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Indianapolis. Cleveland won 104-100. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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The National Basketball Referees Association announced officials will engage in a Twitter discussion about calls made Wednesday night during Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reported a "team of referees" will answer questions from fans, but they will not be identified by the NBRA. 

The hands-on approach to discussing officiating decisions will happen without the league office's involvement, per Windhorst.

Meanwhile, the league office has provided video reviews on its NBA Official account on Twitter throughout the 2018 playoffs and released a Last Two Minute Report after each game.

The latter has been a point of contention between the sides since the reports debuted in March 2015.

In March, the NBRA commented on the officials' issues with the system.

"Our issues are not with the media, but with the L2M," the union wrote. "It is a flawed process where analysts without officiating experience are using different protocols to evaluate plays than the referees are taught. It breeds inconsistency and frustration for fans, teams, and referees."

The league office replied with its own statement about those remarks.

"This is not accurate; all calls in L2Ms are evaluated by reviewers trained to rate plays the way officials are instructed to call them; their decisions are approved by ref ops senior staff (former officials) and senior b-ball ops personnel, all with many years of NBA experience," the NBA said.

Marc Davis, John Goble and Zach Zarba are the referees for Game 3, with the Warriors holding a 2-0 series lead over the Cavaliers.


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