Early Wednesday morning, the NBA Referees Association felt the need to defend itself.
"We agree with Kevin Durant - the L2M report unfairly targets NBA officials, and reform is needed."
On Monday afternoon, the NBA's "Last Two Minute Report" from the Warriors-Cavs showdown on Christmas Day concluded the following:
1) LeBron James should have been called for a technical foul when he deliberately hung on the rim following a dunk
2) Richard Jefferson should have been called for a foul against Kevin Durant with 3.1 seconds remaining
“The refs didn’t lose us that game. We lost that game; we could’ve been better. I think it’s (BS) that the NBA throws the refs under the bus like that. This happened to be in our favor – it’s not even in our favor; we don’t get the win – but to say that I got fouled and the tech . . . just move on. You don’t throw the refs under the bus like that, because the next game that group of refs, or whoever it is, they’re going to come out and they’re going to ref the game and they’re going to be tense when they’re reffing the game and they’re going to try to get every play right.
"They’re going to try to be perfect, without just going out there and relaxing and making the right call. You can’t fine us for criticizing (and then) throw them under the bus for a two-minute report? What about the first quarter? The second quarter? The third quarter? I think it’s (BS).
"They should get rid of it. Our refs don’t deserve that. They’re trying their hardest to get the plays right, and you look at a play in slo-mo and say it’s wrong? I think it’s (BS) that they do that. It’s full of (s--t) that you throw the refs under the bus like that after the game, like it matters. The game is over. We’re moving on.”
The NBA began the "Last Two Minute Report" initiative in March 2015.