Wednesday’s nationally televised Celtics-Wizards game, not surprisingly, will be officiated by an experienced crew including Ken Mauer (#41), Courtney Kirkland (#61), and Karl Lane (#77). At 31 years, Mauer has the NBA’s longest tenure among officials,
Mauer doesn’t have a lot of patience with complaints or showboating. In one 2011 game, he called five technicals in a 10-second span. Not sure, but that might be a record. He was one of the officials in a controversial Miami-Dallas Finals. In the final game, Miami enjoyed a large free-throw-attempt advantage, giving the Heat the title. (We never say a game was badly called merely because of a disparity; merely reporting that some did.)
Mauer was one of several officials who faced tax-evasion charges from 1989-1994, but weathered the storm. He’s not a favorite of Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who last year said he should be sent to the D-League. Doc Rivers isn’t a fan either — not shocking given Doc’s penchant for sideline histrionics.
Doc’s history with Mauer, of course, included the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. That series included a number of apparently blown or missed calls fueled conspiracy theories.
Home teams are 24-24 in games Mauer officiated this season, 26-21 with Kirkland, and 27-23 with Lane. They’re a combined 71-74 on the total, pretty balanced, but given the challenges to the Celtics offensive chemistry, the under (208).