List of Refs for Celtics vs Heat Game 2 Tonight (Expect a High-Scoring Battle in Boston)

List of Refs for Celtics vs Heat Game 2 Tonight (Expect a High-Scoring Battle in Boston)


Friday's NBA Playoffs slate features Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. In such a crucial contest, fans from both sides are hoping for a fairly officiated game tonight.

Here's everything you need to know about the refs for Game 2 of Heat-Celtics.

Heat vs Celtics Game 2 Referees




Zach Zarba

Crew Chief


James Williams



Tyler Ford



Jacyn Goble

Emergency Alternate


The three officials assigned to work Friday's matchup between the Heat and Celtics are Zach Zarba (#15, crew chief), James Williams (#60, referee), and Tyler Ford (#39, umpire). Jacyn Goble (#68) will be the emergency alternate in case a last-minute replacement is needed.

Ed Malloy, meanwhile, will be in the Secaucus-based Replay Center for today's playoff game.

Looking at Zarba's postseason track record, he doesn't tend to favor one team or the other. His foul calls are close to 50/50, though the home team is 7-3 in his 10 playoff games as a crew chief. The average point total for those games is 230.3, which is considerably higher than the projected total of 215 points for tonight's game on FanDuel Sportsbook's NBA odds.

Here's a breakdown of the betting stats from games Zarba has officiated this season:

Betting Category


Home Team Against the Spread


Average Home Team Win Margin




Average Total Score


Williams and Ford bring some postseason experience to the table as well with each with each man having reffed at least seven games in the 2022-23 playoffs. Williams's eight games have seen an average total of 234.5 points, while the visiting team has won six of Ford's seven playoff contests.

Accordingly, we could see a higher-scoring showdown tonight based on the NBA officiating crew.

NBA Playoffs Refs

A total of 20 referees have been selected to work the NBA Conference Finals. This group is headlined by veterans Scott Foster, Tony Brothers, and the aforementioned Marc Davis.

There are also four alternates available if needed. They are Nick Buchert, Mitchell Ervin, Pat Fraher, and Jacyn Goble.

Check out the full list of referees working the Conference Championship round of the NBA Playoffs below:

  • Curtis Blair
  • Tony Brothers
  • Marc Davis
  • Tyler Ford
  • Brian Forte
  • Scott Foster
  • John Goble
  • David Guthrie
  • Bill Kennedy
  • Courtney Kirkland
  • Eric Lewis
  • Mark Lindsay
  • Tre Maddox
  • Ed Malloy
  • Rodney Mott
  • Kevin Scott
  • Ben Taylor
  • Josh Tiven
  • James Williams
  • Zach Zarba

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