Referees have an unenviable job, since they’re forced to make judgment calls in real-time at speeds we can only begin to imagine. Sure, it’s what the zebras sign up for, but human error sometimes affects outcomes in athletic events.
Fortunately for the Cleveland Cavaliers, four missed calls didn’t stop them from edging the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the 2015 NBA Finals.
According to ESPN, the league recognized that Andre Iguodala fouled LeBron James—who the NBA said should have been called for a travel—before the shot clock expired.
Additionally, referees missed a pair of fouls on Draymond Green at the opening tip of overtime and on a critical late-game jump ball. The Warriors small forward held down Tristan Thompson’s arm and James’ shoulder, respectively, which allowed Green to win possession for Golden State.
Cleveland managed to pull out a 95-93 victory, despite the missed calls.
The referees will have a chance to redeem themselves on Tuesday night. Game 3 of the Finals is scheduled to tip at 9 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ABC.
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