Durant slams NBA for 'throwing refs under the bus'

Wed Dec 28, 2016 12:54am EST
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(Reuters) - Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant wants the National Basketball Association to become less transparent, at least when it comes to its review of referee decisions.

Durant made his comments after the league concluded he was on the wrong end of a non-call during the Warriors' blockbuster Christmas Day showdown with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

On the game's final play, with the Warriors down by one point, Durant stumbled when Cleveland's Richard Jefferson trod on his foot.

The referees did not call a foul, and a stumbling Durant was unable to get a decent shot away before the buzzer, allowing the Cavs to escape with the win.

The NBA policy, known as the "Last Two Minute Report", is to publicly review every play in the final two minutes of close games.

That is of scant consolation to the losing team, but it at least makes for transparency in an era where there are concerns over corruption.

"The refs didn't lose us that game," Durant said in an interview on Tuesday after the NBA said he was fouled.

"We lost that game. I think it's (bull) the NBA threw the refs under the bus like that.

"To say I got fouled, just move on. Refs don't deserve that. They're trying their hardest to get the plays right.   Continued...

Dec 23, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) gets defended by Detroit Pistons forward Marcus Morris (13) during the first quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports