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NBA announces Game 7 referees… no, not Joey Crawford. Relax.

Jun 3, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

LeBron James, Scott Foster AP

Weren’t all of us a little concerned that Joey Crawford would get the call — then try to steal the spotlight — in Game 7 between the Pacers and Heat? This has the potential to be epic and that had the potential to be an epic disaster.

Well, breathe a sigh of relief, he’s not on the list.

Your referees for Game 7 are Scott Foster, Mike Callahan and Ken Mauer, the league announced.

Foster is interesting — he probably has the quickest technical trigger in the league. Actually, not probably, he has the quickest trigger. Remember he gave the Pacers a ridiculous double-technical earlier in this series. He ejected Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson last series.

Let’s hope it doesn’t come down to something ridiculous like that.

  1. scmems07 - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Not sure if anyone else picked up on this but the ref gave a double tech on the pacers and threw out 2 bulls players…..Who happened to be playing the heat in both instances. Good call stern, could you make it more obvious what your plans are?

    • bucrightoff - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      Its already pretty obvious if you know NBA TV ratings. Miami-SA is probably a 14-17 million viewers series while Indiana-SA is probably an 7-10 million viewers series. And they’re negotiating a new TV deal as we speak. Just a guess but the NBA doesn’t want to go into negotioations pitching the fact they just had the lowest rated Finals ever.

      • jacksonkane - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        I forget the exact stat, but the Spurs played a game 7 in the Finals which got a lower rating than the previous year in game 4 when the Lakers swept, by a lot.

        Spurs-Indiana will be a snoozer for ratings, but a boon for real fans. They are two complete teams that were build largely from the draft.

      • hehateme2 - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        Talent trumps ratings. What are you watching? The HEAT are clearly superior to the pacers. The pacers got more calls as well and still failed.

    • spthegr8 - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      As long as It’s not Joey Crawford. Game 7’s are about the players & coaches. NOT old refs that are seeking the spotlight!!

    • gmsingh - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      Scott Foster? What’s the NBA records for T’s and ejections?

  2. alildusty - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Hibbert is gonna breathe too loud and get an early tech then get tossed because he looked too happy after a put back dunk. gg.

    In before the conspiracy theorists!

  3. davidly - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Not that it matters, but it appears LBJ will not be fined the 10 grand for the most obvious flop of the series so far.

    • lmoneyfresh - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      He got the “see! we fine him too!” slap on the wrist just to be safe. No point in going any further in the NBA’s eyes.

    • mannyfresh209 - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      Yeah, let’s say that Stern has a soft spot for LeBron for not fining him $10k.

      Now, please give me the list of players who aren’t so buddy-buddy with Stern, that have been fined $10k or more from flopping.

      I’ll be here until 7:30pm PST so plenty of time for your research to be concluded.

      • davidly - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:00 AM

        The fine for a second flop is 10,000. It’s as simple as that. So I am not referring to the West/James double-penalty from earlier in the series. I was referring to LBJ’s even more absurd flop from game 6, which, had he been penalized for it, would have been 10 grand.

    • mannyfresh209 - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      BTW, here’s the list of all penalties from the 12-13 season. To make it easier on yourself to sort through the list: CTRL+F > type the word “flop” > keep pressing enter through each entry, and see how many “flops” correspond with “$10,000″

      Stop the silliness.

      • mannyfresh209 - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        http://www.eskimo.com/~pbender/fines.html#12-13

      • asimonetti88 - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        The fines for flopping are different in the playoffs than in the regular season.

  4. chicitybulls - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    One can only hope it doesn’t come down to his (biased) whistle. You see the examples you listed were opponents of the heat. Let the conspiracy theorist come out to play ay. This helps their case and doesn’t make the league look good. I’d rather see Danny Crawford instead of Foster. Mauer also has been known to have a quick whistle at times too.

  5. woodson312 - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    scott foster why? -_______-

  6. elwaysagenius - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    It seems as if in every refereeing crew there is always a questionable one

  7. pl4tinum514 - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Scariest part about tonight (I grabbed this from RCF’s forum):

    “Scott Foster is the lead official tonight. Heat are 11-1 in the last 12 games he has reffed. The NBA is really doing a good job of mitigating officiating complaints:

    “The records show Donaghy placed 134 calls to referee Scott Foster — more than the 126 calls Donaghy made to his bookie — between October 2006 and April 2007, the period during which he has confessed to either betting on games or passing on game information to gamblers. The majority of the phone calls lasted no more than two minutes and occurred prior to and after games Donaghy officiated and on which he admits wagering.”

  8. taintedlombardis - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Pacers have no chance. The outcome has already been decided. Bron Bron going to the line tonight at a record pace. Don’t you dare try to defend him!

  9. mazblast - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Stern’s henchmen’s jobs depend on getting the winner of this game “right”, so they made sure Foster is out there tonight.

  10. cantonbound13 - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Joey Crawford is a great ref because he will call fouls on all stars. He treat all players equally. A foul is a foul, a travel is a travel, no matter who commits it. That’s how games should be officiated.
    Interesting stat, the Heat are 12-1 in games Foster officiated. I can see why Stern chose Foster.

    • gmsingh - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      I predict Foster will throw Paul George out of the game by the 3rd quarter for not complaining enough.

  11. mannyfresh209 - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Hahaahha haters disliking my comments about LeBron not being fined 10k…..NOBODY else has either. stop with the excuses, they have no leg to stand on.

  12. remmsterr - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Called it; I knew Scott Foster was going to ref. either game 6 or game 7 if there was going to be a game 7. Remember, this is the same ref.who got 100+ calls from Tim Donaghy while Tim was doing his dirty work. Congratulations to the Heat. They’re on their way to the Finals.

    • mannyfresh209 - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      What will you say if the Pacers win? Will you admit that you’re a complete tool?

      • gofuccyourselfflorio - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        fuccyou manny, hope you get hit by a cab tonight

      • mannyfresh209 - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:59 PM

        you’re breaking my heart bro.

  13. sportsnut101 - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Why didn’t lebron get fined again for flopping against George. Gees stern hop of the nuts

  14. logisticalvoices - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    You all are adamant that the game is fixed, yet you still watch and read numerous posts about the game.

    If you really think its rigged, stop watching. Your words say that you think games are fixed, but your actions show that you don’t think they are.

    • apmn - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      You are right. But, the sad thing is that there is actually reason to doubt whether the games are fixed. I can’t rule it out 100% in my mind, and that reflects really poorly on the NBA.

    • taintedlombardis - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Because they can’t outright fix it. The Heat still have to score. The refs can do their part. And the Heat will still have to do theirs. The good guys still have a shot. Against all odds.

  15. flyrocket31 - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:01 PM

  16. 91devinhester23 - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    I remember scott foster from game 2 bulls vs miami

    apparently breathing on lebron is a flagrant foul and the heat mugging whoever they play is all bueno

    prepare to tear your hair out and throw your beers at the tv pacers fans

    • mannyfresh209 - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      funny, fouls thus far in this series:

      miami been called for 147
      indiana been called for 141

      not to mention the FT disparity: 22.8 for the heat, 29 for the pacers.

      with all that said, bosh, wade, allen and battier have all collectively played HORRIBLY…yet here we are in a game 7.

      • chicitybulls - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        You can’t just go with numbers when they’re not in context. You can put that stat up about ft disparity but WHEN the fouls are called makes a difference, not the number of fouls per se.

      • asuthyo - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:45 PM

        @chicity

        You’re correct that context matters but when you think of the big foul calls near the ends of games they’ve all gone against the Heat.

        The foul by Wade on George to give the Pacers the lead in Game 1.
        Lebron’s 6th foul in game 4.
        The offensive foul on the Lebron-Hibbert play last game.

        I’m not saying the refs are going for either team but context points to the Pacers being favored as well.

      • bcwildcat24 - Jun 3, 2013 at 6:01 PM

        Very good point asuthyo. However, when the Heat haters can’t complain about the foul disparity, they hide behind “context,” even though they have no defense there as well.

  17. cantonbound13 - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    10 years from now we will all find out the truth in a book by David Stern how the NBA was fixed & LeBron was on PEDs.

    • bcwildcat24 - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      Wishful thinking on your part, you sad sad little man

    • melkipershero - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      You should really think about your life when you sit on here day after day waiting to bash Lebron and/or the Heat. Then call them bandwagoners (which is true) when after the Knicks lost you took a little leave for a few days.

  18. bcwildcat24 - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    A day in the life of a Miami Heat hater/troll:
    When the Heat win: “The NBA is rigged. Miami gets all the calls. Stern’s a crook.”
    When the Heat lose: “See, I told you Lebron James was a choker. The Heat whine about the refs too much. Hahahaha”

    Am I missing anything?

    Oh, and Go Heat!!

  19. telergy - Jun 3, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Lead official tonight: SCOTT FOSTER

    Stats:
    10 playoff games in 2013
    Home team wins 60%
    avg margin is 4.7 pts
    Foster gives out 1.5 techs to road team a game / .9 to home team

    He reffed game 2 of this series.

  20. melkipershero - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    This is why i read comments here and not ESPN. People post things that actually make you more knowledgable about refs and their statistics.

    Its sad the fall ESPN has taken.

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