Bennett Salvatore Regular Season Stats
Home Team W/L 46-22
Home Team Win % 68.9%
Home Team Foul % 50% Playoff Stats
Home Team Win % 57%
Home Team Foul % 48.5%
Road Team Foul % 51.5%
Bennett Salvatore has refereed over 1,400 regular season games, 175+ playoff games and 20 NBA Finals games. Bennett has the distinction of being the worst referee alive today. The man is just incompetent. Salvatore seems to miss more calls and make more bad calls per game than all the other refs and tonight he is our crew chief. Salvatore made one of the most controversial calls in NBA finals history in game 5 of the 2006 finals. The call basically gave the Heat their championship. Here is Bill Simmons' take on the call.
Salvatore called the foul on Wade's final drive in overtime (remember, the call where ABC couldn't find a replay to show that anyone touched him?) even though he was standing at midcourt a full 35-40 feet from the play, and even though two other refs were closer to the play. Not only was that NOT his call, he butchered it.
Another of Salvatore's controversial calls was in the 2008 conference finals when he waved off a contested 3-pointer that Pierce had hoisted over Richard Hamilton, inducing him to leave his feet with a ball fake. Pierce, however, was charged with an offensive foul for creating the contact with Hamilton. Here are a couple of video examples of Salvatore's ineptness.
Ken Mauer Regular Season Stats
Home W/L 39-31
Home Team Win % 51%
Home Team Foul % 47.7% Playoff Stats
Home Team Win % 50%
Home Team Foul % 51%
Home Team T's 1.3
Road Team T's .8
Mauer has been a referee since the 1986-87 season and has officiated over 1,200+ regular season games, 70+ play-off games and 3 NBA Finals games. He has been a road friendly ref in the playoffs, calling more fouls on the home team than on the road team. He is also very quick to call T's averaging 1.3 Technicals on the home team and .8 on the road team per game. No doubt that this guy is crooked, he was charged with tax evasion and obstructing federal tax laws for receiving substantial taxable income from 1989 through 1994 and failing to declare it. He was one of the refs in the Miami/Dallas Finals where the foul calls were totally lopsided. Video evidence of Mauer's incompetence and bias.
Zach Zarba Regular Season Stats
Home Team Won/Loss 41-32
Home Team Win % 54%
Home Team Foul % 49.5%
Playoff Stats (4 games)
Home Team Win % 75%
Home Team Foul % 51%
Zarba has officiated over 175+ regular season games and spent 2 years officiating the D-League. Zarba is one of the league’s youngest officials and because of that, he hasn't been involved in a lot of controversy so far. However, he is another ref who has called more fouls on the home teams in the playoffs than on the road teams.
It looks like Stern has carefully picked his referees for this game. Celtics fans can start cringing now. Salvatore and Mauer assure that the Celtics will be playing 5 on 8 once again, even though they are at home.