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Tim Donaghy: NBA Will Instruct Refs To Get NBA Finals To Game 6
If there’s one person who knows the ins and outs of fixing games and making sure certain series go the distance, it’s former disgraced NBA referee Tim Donaghy. He was busted in 2007 for betting on games he officiated as a means to come out ahead.
The following year, Donaghy alleged the NBA had instructed referees to extend the Western Conference Finals between the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers in 2002—most notably, Game 6, when the Los Angeles Lakers shot 27 free throws in the 4th quarter to extend that series to a 7th game.
Many saw Game 4 of the Cavs-Warriors series as one of those types of games, as the Cavs shot 20+ free throws in the 1st quarter and scored 49 points when it was all said and done. According to Donaghy, that’s going to continue in Game 5 on Monday night.
Tim Donaghy on KNBR: The NBA will instruct the officials to get this to a Game 6 pic.twitter.com/ISsqOT5lOm
— Kevin Jones (@Mr_KevinJones) June 12, 2017
Donaghy says the NBA will instruct the refs to focus on Draymond Green and make sure he is in foul trouble early and often. He also points to the ridiculous money ESPN paid for the rights to broadcast NBA games, so a 7th game means more revenue for the league and the broadcasting company.