Entering the 2012-13 NBA eason, Bavetta has officiated 2,546
consecutive regular season games and 259 playoff games, including
27 Finals games, never having missed an assigned game throughout
his entire career. He was a member of the officiating crew that worked the 1989, 1995 and 2006 NBA
All-Star Games, 1997 McDonald’s Championship in Paris, 1993 Mexico Challenge, 1992 Summer
Olympics in Barcelona and 1990 Japan Games in Tokyo.
Prior to joining the NBA, Bavetta was an official with the Eastern League (CBA) for nine years, and he
has also officiated in the Rucker League, FIBA, Jersey Shore Basketball League, as well as both the
Public and Catholic High School leagues in New York City.
Bavetta attended St. Francis College in Brooklyn. He is a member of the New York City Catholic High
School Hall of Fame. He added to his personal honors when he received the National Pro-Am Lifetime
Achievement Award and also was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.
There is no shortage of controversy surrounding Bavetta. He was singled out in Tim Donaghy's book for being a "company man" and carrying out league agendas in games. Bavetta also likes to keep games close and will often make a lot of calls against a team that pulls out to a lead to keep the game more exciting. After watching a game where Bavetta has officiated, it's very easy to believe Donaghy's claims.
He was left off the playoff roster the last two seasons and there were rumors of a forced retirement but here he is back again for another season. In his off time, Bavetta doubles as the Crypt Keeper. The Celtics are 6-4 in their last 10 games with Bavetta on the court. The Magic are 1-0 this season and 5-5 in their last 10 games with Bavetta. His home W/L record is 7-2.
A winner of the Vanguard Club Achievement Award in recognition of
outstanding accomplishments in the field of sports, NBA veteran official
Michael Smith has officiated 1,131 regular season and 31 playoff
games, as well as the 1997 Schick Rookie Game, the 2000 Mexico Challenge and the 2003 NBA Europe
In addition to his 19 seasons of NBA officiating experience, Smith has five years of CBA officiating experience
and eight years of collegiate officiating experience in the Big Ten, SEC and Conference
USA. Smith also has 10 years of high school officiating experience and was a member of the crew
that officiated the 1990 McDonald’s High School All-America Game.
Smith’s athletic experience includes playing basketball and baseball at South Side High School in
The Celtics are 6-4 over their last 10 games with Smith. Smith called game 2 vs the Sixers in last year's playoffs and the officiating was terrible. They called it fairly evenly through the first 3 quarters, letting a lot of contact go. Then in the 4th quarter they started calling everything on the Celtics. The Celtics ended with 9 free throws to 21 for the Sixers. They called an offensive foul on KG with 10 seconds left that was a terrible call and gave the game to the Sixers. The Magic are 0-1 this season and 6-4 over their last 10 games with Smith. Smith was one of the referees Mark Cuban received a $75,000 fine for criticizing in an OKC/Mavs game last season. His home W/L record is 9-2.
Joshua Tiven is entering his third NBA season having officiated 109
Tiven has seven years of NCAA officiating experience, as well as two
years of WNBA officiating experience and two seasons of WNBA Playoff experience. He also has worked
three NBA D-League Finals, as well as the 2007-08 NBA D-League All-Star Game.
The Celtics are 0-1 this season and 5-5 over their last 10 games with Tiven. One loss last season was in Houston where Tiven and crew were so bad that they actually caused Tommy to swear on the air over their falling for flops. The loss this season was New York in OT in the preseason in which the Knicks shot 38 free throws to 33 for the Celtics. The Magic are 3-5 in their only games with Tiven over the past 2 seasons. Tiven lives in Connecticut and he has a twin brother who is a big Celtics fan and was shown in the crowd at the Garden in a game he officiated there. His home W/L record this season is 7-1.