The NBA is putting one of its best-known officials in charge of calling NBA Finals Game 6 as the Warriors look to clinch the title in Boston Thursday night.
Zach Zarba will be the crew chief, the same role he covered in the Warriors’ Game 2 win at Chase Center a week and a half ago. Alongside him will be David Guthrie and John Goble.
Goble worked Game 1, a Celtics win, while Guthrie worked Game 3, also won by Boston.
Josh Tiven, who’s already worked two games in these Finals, will be in the replay center.
In that Game 2, Zarba’s crew made the pivotal decision not to call a technical foul on Draymond Green during his scuffle with Jaylen Brown near the end of the first half in a two-point game. Green already had one technical in the game and had been toeing the line before getting tangled up with Brown, meaning another technical would have seen him ejected.
The Warriors went on to win that game 107-88 and even the series at one game apiece.
Golden State is 12-10 overall in postseason games officiated by Zarba. Boston is 11-10 in his games.
In Goble’s playoff games, the Warriors are 11-7 while the Celtics are 9-9. The Warriors are an even 7-7 in Guthrie’s playoff games while Boston is 6-5.
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