Du­rant slams NBA for ‘throw­ing refs un­der the bus’

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Golden State War­riors for­ward Kevin Du­rant wants the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion to be­come less transparent, at least when it comes to its re­view of ref­eree de­ci­sions.

Du­rant made his com­ments af­ter the league con­cluded he was on the wrong end of a non­call dur­ing the War­riors’ block­buster Christ­mas Day show­down with the Cleve­land Cava­liers.

On the game’s fi­nal play, with the War­riors down by one point, Du­rant stum­bled when Cleve­land’s Richard Jef­fer­son trod on his foot.

The ref­er­ees did not call a foul, and a stum­bling Du­rant was un­able to get a de­cent shot away be­fore the buzzer, al­low­ing the Cavs to es­cape with the win.

The NBA pol­icy, known as the “Last Two Minute Re­port”, is to pub­licly re­view ev­ery play in the fi­nal two min­utes of close games. That is of scant con­so­la­tion to the los­ing team, but it at least makes for trans­parency in an era where there are con­cerns over cor­rup­tion.

“The refs didn’t lose us that game,” Du­rant said in an in­ter­view on Tues­day af­ter the NBA said he was fouled. “We lost that game. I think it’s (bull) the NBA threw the refs un­der the bus like that.

“To say I got fouled, just move on. Refs don’t de­serve that.

They’re try­ing their hard­est to get the plays right. “Af­ter the game, like it mat­ters. The game’s over. We’re mov­ing on.” Du­rant added that the next time the War­riors play the Cava­liers he does not want ref­er­ees tens­ing up over con­cerns they will be ex­posed for their mis­takes.

He said the job was dif­fi­cult enough at the best of times for ref­er­ees, who do not have the lux­ury of slow-mo­tion re­plays.

The NBA re­port on Sun­day’s game also said that Cleve­land’s LeBron James should have been re­ceived a tech­ni­cal foul for hang­ing on the rim of the bas­ket af­ter a dunk.

In 2008, ref­eree Tim Don­aghy was sen­tenced to 15 months in prison af­ter ad­mit­ting to bet­ting on games he of­fi­ci­ated and pass­ing on in­side in­for­ma­tion to bookies.

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