Game 4 of the NBA Finals was the 50th officiated by longtime referee Joey Crawford, and while he managed to stay out of the spotlight for the most part, he did have one memorable exchange.
Crawford was caught telling either Cavaliers big man Timofey Mozgov or Warriors defensive ace Draymond Green to “do me a favor and shut up,” and while this may not seem to be the most professional way of communicating, keep in mind that officials are often berated by players and coaches throughout the game, and are subjected to hearing far worse.
Make sure to check out Warriors’ assistant coach Alvin Gentry taking all of this in on the sidelines; his reaction, a combination of shock and amusement, is priceless.
Andrew Bogut believes LeBron James ‘jumped into the cameraman’ on play that injured him in Game 4 of NBA Finals
“I think he jumped into the cameraman,” Bogut said when asked to give his perspective on the play. “Yeah, I think he came down and took two steps and then fell into the cameraman. I definitely, definitely didn’t hit him that hard.”
When the reporter replied by saying, “That’s how you saw it?” Bogut said, “No, that’s how it was. If you look at the replay, you can see the two steps being taken and then him falling into the camera. That’s what we saw on the replay, and that’s what my teammates saw.”
James could have tried to exaggerate the contact in order to convince the officials that a flagrant foul should be called. But it seemed as though James was simply off balance when he landed, and stumbled a few steps to fall in the least dangerous way possible.
Bogut, who played less than three minutes after Steve Kerr took him out of the starting lineup in favor of Andre Iguodala, obviously sees things differently.
Stephen Curry’s wife takes little shot at Cavs fans on Instagram
You may be familiar with Stephen Curry’s wife Ayesha Curry, as ABC’s NBA Finals broadcast seems obsessed with showing her and the Curry family 592 times a game. Give or take a few.
After the Warriors’ Game 4 win Thursday, Ayesha took to Instagram and took a little shot at the Cavaliers fans and the ongoing “which arena is louder” debate. (Is this topic even worthy of the word debate?)
If Riley is anything like my daughters, once she is out it really wouldn’t matter how loud the arena got – or how much her sister tried — she was not getting up.
As for which arena is louder (I was asked this on twitter the other day), it’s close but I would say Oracle’s fans are just a little bit louder. However, the Cleveland game-ops crew has the volume cranked up to 11 for all the in-house entertainment, even though the crowd is plenty loud without it.