The NBA announced Tuesday the 12 referees that will officiate the 2019 NBA Finals, and some names should pop out right away to Warriors fans.
To no surprise, Scott Foster likely is the first name Warriors fans see. When it was announced Foster would referee Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals between Golden State and Houston, Twitter had a field day.
Foster has a long history with both the Warriors and Rockets. Earlier this season, he ejected Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins from the bench ... when the big man wasn't even active.
Warriors guard Shaun Livingston was ejected for the first time in his NBA career nearly three years ago in the playoffs by Foster, too. Those are just two examples of a long-running feud between Foster and the Dubs.
Additionally, while Kevin Durant is out for at least Game 1 of the Finals, the Warriors' star forward had quite the run-in with referee Zach Zarba earlier this season. Zarba hit KD with his 14th and 15th technical fouls to eject him in a blowout win over the Nuggets.
And that's not all. A third name that sticks out is Marc Davis, who refereed the Warriors' Game 5 loss to the Clippers in the first round of these playoffs. Draymond Green received his first technical foul of the postseason from Davis when he was called for a charge while Clippers guard Patrick Beverley attempted to put his shoe back on.
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The Warriors know there's a fine line between passion and causing trouble with the refs. They'll have to stay focused and stay on the right side of that line as they attempt their three-peat starting on Thursday.