NBA playoff results, referee assignments and photos for all 2017 playoff games are here
|No surprise. The Warriors and Cavaliers will vie for the NBA championship for the 3rd year in a row. Some notable facts for this tie-breaking
- Golden State (12-0) and Cleveland (12-1) have full rosters of healthy players
- Golden State lost the 2016 final (3-4) with an impaired Curry (sprained knee, hurt elbow) and Draymond Green suspended for game 5
- Cleveland lost the 2015 finals (2-4) without Kevin Love (dislocated shoulder) and Kyrie Irving (knee injury in game 1 overtime)
- Mike Brown (former Cavalier coach) continues to replace ailing Warrior coach Steve Kerr.
- Lebron James enters his seventh consecutive finals passing Michael Jordan as the NBA playoffs leader with 5,995 points
- Klay Thompson is in a playoff slump averaging 14 points per games and 38% shooting
- James (32.5, 57%), Curry (25.3, 47%), Durant (25.2, 56%), Irving (25.2, 47%) are in playoff stride
NBA Finals Schedule
|Game 1 ||Thu., ||6/01 ||CLE 91-113 GS (9 p.m., ABC) || | ||Game 5 ||Mon., ||6/12 ||CLE @ GS (9 p.m., ABC)||Game 2 ||Sun., ||6/04 ||CLE 113-132 GS (8 p.m., ABC) || | ||Game 6 ||Thu., ||6/15 ||GS @ CLE (9 p.m., ABC)
||Game 3 ||Wed., ||6/07 ||GS @ CLE (9 p.m., ABC) || | ||Game 7 ||Sun., ||6/18 ||CLE @ GS (8 p.m., ABC)
||Game 4 ||Fri., ||6/09 ||GS @ CLE (9 p.m., ABC)
The NBA has announced the following 12 finals referees:
coverage of NBA 2017 mock drafts
includes overall player rankings, separate selection predictions from
eleven sources along with player commentary from multiples sources. Here's a sample of what is available.
Dick Bavetta and Joey Crawford lead the list of NBA referee retirees in recent years. Both have a
remarkable record of officiating for 39 NBA seasons and surpassing 2,000 games. Other notable NBA
former referees include former covert agent Bob Delaney, female referee pioneer Violet Palmer,
subsequent NCAA final four official Joe DeRosa and Greg Willard who died at age 54 in 2013.
The crew of recent, former NBA referees is a hard act to follow. New officials such as Mitchell
Ervin, Tyler Ford, Lauren Holtkamp, Gediminas Petraitis, Ben Taylor, Dedric Taylor and Justin Van Duyne
are giving it a shot.
covers officials who either
left are started in the NBA during the 2011/12 through 2016/17 seasons. For the "oldies" (those who started before 2011/12),
links to a variety of articles is provided. Recent D-League and WNBA referee arrivals and departures for the period are also listed.
These four of the outgoing "oldies" are a few of the many incoming and outgoing referees in the
for the NBA, DLeague and WNBA.
75/76 - 13/14 (39)
2635 / 270 / 27
88/89 - 08/09 (21)
1330 / 96 / 1
77/78 - 15/16 (39)
1755 / 313 / 50
87/88 - 10/11 (24)
1423 / 149 / 7
Australia, Tennessee and Shabazz HS, nj are the leading country, college and high school sources for 2011-17 WNBA
players and prospects. Full lists
are available to phillyref.com
|| Looking back/Looking forward
The 2016/17 High School basketball season is done but thoughts of top players linger. Almost all top senior recruits
have committed. For the boys, Kentucky leads with commitments from 6 out of the 38 phillyref.com top ranked
players. Duke follows with the 4th, 5th and 11th ranked players. UCLA also has 3 commitments while Arizona, Washington and
Texas make a statement with players ranked #1, #2 and #3 respectively. The phillyref.com rankings
are based on
rankings from 247Sports, ESPN, Future150, Prep Hoops, Rivals and Scout.
Other phillyref.com top player information
(boys and girls) includes McDonalds, Maxpreps and USA Today all americans. The
following screen shots are a taste of what is available.