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NBA Game Officials For The 2023 NBA Finals

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NBA Game Officials For The 2023 NBA Finals

The NBA announced the list of game officials assigned to the NBA Finals 2023 presented by YouTube TV. The championship series between the Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets tips off on Thursday, June 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

“The pinnacle for an NBA official is to work the NBA Finals,” said Byron Spruell, NBA President, League Operations. “This group has demonstrated through their outstanding work during the playoffs that they are worthy of being selected to officiate in the NBA Finals.”

NBA Finals officials were selected by the NBA Referee Operations management team based on their performance throughout the first three rounds of the 2023 playoffs. Officials were evaluated after each round to determine advancement in this year’s postseason.

The referees assigned to the 2023 NBA Finals are below:

Tony Brothers (12th Finals)
Courtney Kirkland (3rd)
Marc Davis (12th)
Ed Malloy (8th)
Scott Foster (16th)
Kevin Scott (1st)
John Goble (7th)
Josh Tiven (4th)
David Guthrie (6th)
James Williams (3rd)
Bill Kennedy (5th)
Zach Zarba (10th)

Foster has officiated 23 NBA Finals games, followed by Davis with 18, and Brothers at 15.

NBA officials Tyler Ford and Ben Taylor have been assigned as alternates for the 2023 NBA Finals.

Game Day Videos are available

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If you were selected to work the tournament, your game video(s) are now available.  They can be watched or downloaded from within your profile.


NBA Announces 36 Officials Selected For 2023 NBA Playoffs

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Below is the list of officials for the first round of the 2023 NBA Playoffs presented by Google Pixel:

Ray Acosta, Brent Barnaky, Curtis Blair, Tony Brothers, Nick Buchert, Sean Corbin, Kevin Cutler, Eric Dalen, Marc Davis, JB DeRosa, Mitchell Ervin, Tyler Ford, Brian Forte, Scott Foster, Pat Fraher, Jacyn Goble, John Goble, David Guthrie, Bill Kennedy, Courtney Kirkland, Karl Lane, Eric Lewis, Mark Lindsay, Tre Maddox, Ed Malloy, Rodney Mott, Gediminas Petraitis, Kevin Scott, Aaron Smith, Michael Smith, Ben Taylor, Josh Tiven, Justin Van Duyne, James Williams, Sean Wright and Zach Zarba.

Ray Acosta and Aaron Smith are making their debut as members of the playoff staff.

The following officials are alternates for the first round of the 2023 NBA Playoffs presented by Google Pixel:

Lauren Holtkamp, Ashley Moyer-Gleich, Natalie Sago, Dedric Taylor and Scott Twardoski.

Playoff officials are selected by the NBA Referee Operations management team based on three specific criteria assessed throughout the season: NBA Referee Operations graded rankings, play-calling accuracy and team rankings. Officials will be evaluated after each round of the playoffs to determine who will advance in the 2023 postseason.

The AT&T NBA Play-In Tournament begins tonight with a TNT doubleheader, featuring Atlanta at Miami and Minnesota at the Los Angeles Lakers. The first round of the NBA Playoffs presented by Google Pixel tips off Saturday, April 15. Individual game assignments for referees are posted at NBA.com/official at approximately 9 a.m. ET each game day.

2023 NBA G-League Finals

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The conclusion of the NBA G-League winds down between 2 of the last teams standing.  We usually monitor the performances of the officials through-out the year.  

Game 1 betwen the Rio Grande Valley Vipers versus the Delaware Blue Coats. 

We list the PRO-Referee's game day assignment for the NBA and NBA G-League on the front page.  In game 1, Brent Haskill, Pat O'Connell and Intae Hwang are assigned to tonights game.


  Some of you may recognize some of the officials assigned to the Finals.  This is a great time if you have access to EPSN U to check out teh NBA G-League Finals.






End of 2022-2023 NBA Regular Season

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The NBA has concluded the final games of the 2022-2023 NBA season.  Our officating crew has done a fantastic job this season as we move on to the 2023 NBA Playoffs.  Congratulations to NBA G League referees Cheryl Flores, Robert Hussey, Matt Kallio and Dannica Mosher have been promoted to full-time NBA staff officials for the 2022-23 season.  Great job!

“Cheryl, Robert, Matt and Dannica have demonstrated the ability and professionalism required to be a fulltime NBA officiating staff member,” said McCutchen. “We are excited for them to have reached this milestone in their careers.”

Flores and Mosher joined Lauren Holtkamp-Sterling, Simone Jelks, Ashley Moyer-Gleich, Natalie Sago, Jenna Schroeder and Danielle Scott to bring the total of female full-time officials to eight for the 2022-23 season.



Crew Chief | Referee | Umpire Positions

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We're getting really close to camp. Before you know it, you'll all be standing in line checking in to the camp.  


I wanted to share something with everyone.  This is how the NBA identifies each officiating position during the game. 

Take an honest evaluation of yourself before the camp.  Where you fit most at the moment? 

Re-evaluate yourself again after the camp, and see where you feel more comfortable.

See you at camp!


Crew Chief Position

  • Proficient in Referee and Umpire positions
  • Leader of the crew, on and off the floor
  • High-level play calling, partnering skills, and tools for handling any game situation, including interpersonal communication
  • Understands the importance of extending into their secondary area of coverage, with accuracy


Referee Position

  • Proficient in all Umpire position requirements
  • Effectively the glue for a crew through consistency, teamwork, and communication - makes partners better by carrying a larger portion of the crew’s load than an Umpire
  • Capable of handling some plays in secondary area of coverage
  • Ability to recognize and appropriately manage shifts in game conditions (intensity, emotions, decorum, style of play etc.)


Umpire Position

  • Aggressively and accurately calls plays in the primary area of responsibility
  • Responsible for basic mechanics including rotations, positioning and clock and team foul awareness
  • Strong rules knowledge coupled with contributions to in-game discussions/issues regarding adjudication.

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