OAKLAND – Asked for his assessment of the NBA’s "Last Two Minute Report" -- which on Monday cited officiating errors that cost the Warriors in their Christmas Day loss at Cleveland -- Kevin Durant unloaded.
And kept unloading. Not on the officials but on the league.
“The refs didn’t lose us that game,” he began after practice Tuesday. "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 report released Monday said the officiating crew missed two calls in the final minutes of the Cavaliers 109-108 win.
The first was for not calling a technical on Cavs star LeBron James for hanging onto the rim after a dunk with 1:41 remaining.
The second was for not calling a foul of Cavs forward Richard Jefferson, who stepped on Durant’s foot with 3.1 seconds left as he tried to make a move to put up a potential game-winning shot. Durant fell, and heaved the ball from the floor as the buzzer sounded.