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NBA Finals Game 6 Refs Give Big Edge to Raptors Over Warriors

Zach Brunner
2019 NBA Finals - Game Three
2019 NBA Finals - Game Three / Ezra Shaw
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The Golden State Warriors' backs are up against the wall in Game 6 on Thursday night. They must win to force a Game 7, they lost Kevin Durant to injury yet again and the Toronto Raptors have won every game at Oracle Arena this season.

If this wasn't enough adversity already, we can now add that NBA referee Marc Davis, along with David Guthrie, John Goble and Eric Lewis, will be officiating Game 6 in Oakland.

The Warriors have just a 3-5 record in games that Davis has officiated this season. The Raptors, on the other hand, have won all nine, including three postseason games.

The last game Davis officiated was Game 3 of the NBA Finals, where the Raptors beat the Warriors, 123-109. There was criticism of the refs from both teams following the game, including a missed goaltending call on Serge Ibaka. The end result was another Warriors' loss in a game officiated by Davis and a whopping 51 free throws attempted in the game.

With all of the other adversity the Warriors have to work through to keep their season alive, they will need to keep Davis on their side, but out of their mind, if they hope to win Game 6.


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