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Referees announced for Game 1 of NBA finals

May 31, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

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Your crew of referees for Game 1 of the NBA finals has been announced:

Steve Javie, Mike Callahan and Bill Kennedy. Bill Spooner is the alternate.

That’s a solid crew, one that should by reputation be pretty even handed.

It also lacks the name that will turn the stomach of Mavs fans — Bennett Salvatore. He was the guy at the heart of the 2006 NBA finals controversy, when Dallas fans believe Dwayne Wade got to the free throw line every time a Mavericks player got within three feet of him. (He was also the guy being the aggressor and attacking, but we don’t need to go down that road right now.)

Salvatore will work at least one game this finals, bet on it. But not Game 1.

  1. bigern781 - May 31, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Don’t worry, he’ll work the game that the Heat need to win. Mark my words – if it is 2-2, he will work Game 5 or when the Heat have 3 wins and the NBA wants them to get the 4th. I wouldn’t be surprised if he works more than 1.

    Prediction for tonight: MIA – 36 DAL – 18… and yes, that is free throw attempts.

    That’s just the way it is.

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