Du­rant calls for NBA to toss re­port

The Denver Post - - OFF & RUNNING - By Janie Mc­Cauley

oak­land, calif.» Kevin Du­rant is call­ing on the NBA to toss out the Last Two Minute Re­port be­cause he, like the league’s of­fi­cials, be­lieves it could only lead to more er­rors be­cause referees might be­come ten­ta­tive while try­ing to be per­fect.

“They should get rid of it, refs don’t de­serve that. They’re try­ing their hard­est to get the plays right then you look at a play in slo-mo and say it’s wrong,” Du­rant said af­ter prac­tice Tues­day. He felt it was unfair “that you throw the refs un­der the bus like that af­ter the game. Like it mat­ters, the game’s over, we’re mov­ing on.”

No stew­ing by KD and the Golden State War­riors upon learn­ing the NBA ac­knowl­edged two missed calls late in the team’s one-point Christ­mas Day loss at Cleve­land. They lost this one all on their own.

“The refs didn’t lose us that game. We lost that game. We could have been bet­ter,” Du­rant said. “This hap­pened to be in our fa­vor — not even in our fa­vor, we don’t get the win. To say that I got fouled and the tech and all that stuff, just move on. You don’t have to throw the refs un­der the bus like that.”

In an NBA Fi­nals re­match, the cham­pion Cava­liers won 109-108 with the NBA say­ing Mon­day that LeBron James should have re­ceived a tech­ni­cal for hang­ing on the rim with 1:43 to play and that Richard Jef­fer­son fouled Du­rant on the game’s fi­nal play.

War­riors coach Steve Kerr called the of­fi­ci­at­ing crew from Sun­day “out­stand­ing” and some of the NBA’s best. He also ap­pre­ci­ates the league “be­ing trans­par­ent.”

“The of­fi­cials didn’t de­cide that game, we had a 14-point lead in the fourth quar­ter,” Kerr said.

The Na­tional Bas­ket­ball Referees As­so­ci­a­tion has called for re­form re­gard­ing the Last Two Minute Re­port be­cause it “will cause more harm than good for the of­fi­cials and the game. We call for an end to L2M re­port­ing and other trans­parency mea­sures and a re­turn to pri­vate, league-man­aged eval­u­a­tions, re­views, ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing, and dis­ci­pline for NBA of­fi­cials.”

Du­rant is con­cerned how Sun­day’s crew might re­act and per­form in up­com­ing games given it was called out.

“You can’t fine us when we go out there and crit­i­cize them but throw them un­der the bus for a two-minute re­port,” Du­rant said. “What about the first quar­ter, what about the sec­ond quar­ter, third quar­ter?”

Dray­mond Green also dis­missed that the War­riors some­how got robbed at the end.

“If we do what we got to do it doesn’t come down to that Last Two Minute Re­port any­way,” Green said. “Not that I care about that re­port or not. It’s kind of point­less. But it should have never got to that point.”

Mean­while, Green — who was hit with a tech­ni­cal for hang­ing on the rim against Utah last Tues­day and has been pe­nal­ized for ex­ces­sive cel­e­bra­tions — in­sists he won’t do any­thing dif­fer­ently even af­ter pick­ing up his team-lead­ing sev­enth tech­ni­cal Sun­day when he em­phat­i­cally walked to the bench af­ter a foul call and yelled. Late last sea­son, he tried to cur­tail his Ts and cut down on ar­gu­ing.

“It is what it is. I’m go­ing to con­tinue to be me,” he said.

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