CLEVELAND -- All three officials from Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals will work the Cavaliers-Warriors rematch, according to the referees' roster for the upcoming championship series released Tuesday by the league.
Danny Crawford, 63, who will officiate his 34th Finals games, Mike Callahan, and Monty McCutchen were all on the court wearing whistles when the Cavs beat the Warriors on June 19th for the first title in franchise history.
They are all on the roster of 12 referees who will work the 2017 Finals, joined by Tony Brothers, James Capers, Marc Davis, Scott Foster, John Goble, Ed Malloy, Ken Mauer, Derrick Stafford, and Zach Zarba.
One notable omission for the referees' cast was Jason Phillips, who ejected Stephen Curry from Game 6 last season. Goble, meanwhile, is working his first Finals.
The officials were chosen by the NBA Referee Operations management team, according to a league press release, which judged the refs' performances through the first three rounds of the playoffs. Phillips did not officiate any postseason games this year -- an NBA spokesman said Phillips was injured and hasn't worked in months.
Specific game assignments for the Finals are announced by the league the morning of each game.
Crawford was voted the league's best official last season in a survey of players and coaches conducted by the Los Angeles Times.
Click here to see some referees' statistics compiled by the site, nbastuffer.com.
The officiating has come under much scrutiny in the Celtics-Magic series, and now we know the referees who will be working Game 6 at TD Garden.
According to the NBA’s website, which posts referee assignments each morning, Monty McCutchen, Mike Callahan and Ken Mauer (pictured at right arguing with Celtics coach Doc Rivers in Game 4 of the Celtics-Heat series) are in charge of tonight’s game. Only Mauer has worked a game in this series prior to tonight — he was teamed with Dan Crawford and Michael Smith in Game 1 in Orlando.
Mauer has worked three Celtics playoff games: Game 1 vs. the Magic, Game 3 vs. the Cavaliers and Game 4 vs. the Heat.
McCutchen and Callahan have worked one Celtics playoff game each, both in the Celtics-Cavaliers series. McCutchen did Game 6 and Callahan was on Game 4.
Kendrick Perkins is teetering on the brink of a one-game suspension with six postseason technical fouls. During the regular season, Perkins earned one of his 15 techs for arguing a call levied by McCutchen.Yesterday the league rescinded one of the two techs Perkins earned in a loss to Orlando, taking back the one he got for blowing up as he walked away after a call by Eddie Rush.
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