The NBA has posted the referee assignments for tonight’s Game 4 of the NBA Finals in Los Angeles.
Official 1: Steve Javie, No. 29
Javie arrived in the NBA in 1986 with a self-described “quick trigger finger.” He had a game in 1991 in which he even ejected the Bullets mascot. He also had a now public run-in with Miami Heat Coach Pat Riley in which Javie was fined $1,000 by the league in February 2003. Riley was fined $50,000 for his comments. Yet 21 seasons and more than 1,300 regular season games later, he’s still doing what he loves. And the league has taken notice, as Javie has officiated in the NBA Finals for 13 consecutive seasons. Fellow NBA referee Bob Delaney has worked with Javie and developed a relationship off the court. “It’s comical how announcers refer to him as tough or hard-nosed,” says Delaney. “Confrontation and handling problems is what we do, and Steve is one of the best at it. He is an all-time great partner, on and off the court. Steve is a gentleman and a class act.” “Steve is misunderstood in the way he disciplines and takes care of his games,” says Ken Mauer, friend and fellow official who entered the NBA the same year as Javie. “Saying he holds a grudge for a player or coach mischaracterizes him. While the average fan or coach may say, ‘He’s out to get us,’ the reality is Steve’s right most of the time, and those are the types of guys working the NBA Finals.”
The Celtics are 1-2 in ’08 postseason games in which Javie was part of the officiating crew. For the season, home teams went 43-34 when Javie was on the crew.
Official 2: Joe DeRosa, No. 14
The Celtics are 2-1 in ’08 postseason games in which DeRosa was part of the officiating crew. For the season, home teams went 51-29 when DeRosa was on the crew.
Official 3: Tom Washington, No. 49
The Celtics are 0-2 in ’08 postseason games in which Washington was part of the officiating crew. For the season, home teams went 53-27 when Washington was on the crew.