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Wizards at Celtics – NBA Referee Assignments – Mauer, Kirkland, Lane – March 14, 2018

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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.)

Among the Celtics he’s officiated as players are Danny Ainge, Kevin Garnett, Larry Bird, and Kevin McHale.

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.

Crew tendencies

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).

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