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NBA Finals Referee Appointments: Zach Zarba to lead refereeing team in Game 6 Warriors vs. Celtics

The NBA has announced the umpires for Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals.

The three-man team, led by chief Zak Zarba, also includes NBA veterans David Guthrie and John Goble. The trio of Zarb, Guthrie and Goble played a total of 20 NBA Finals games.

Game 6 of the NBA Finals marks the 11th game of the NBA Finals that Zarba has refereeed in his career, while it will be Guthrie’s eighth NBA Finals game and Goble’s seventh NBA Finals game. Each referee officiated one game earlier in the series.

MORE: Breakdown of Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals

According to the NBA“The Finals officials have been selected by the NBA Refereeing Operations Management Team based on their performance in the first three rounds of the 2022 Playoffs.”

Officials are promoted to the postseason based on their performance evaluation at the end of each round, meaning that the 12 officials selected to officiate the NBA Finals are considered among the top playoff officials.

Here’s a breakdown of the officiating panel, as well as more information on the officials who will announce Game 6 between the Warriors and Celtics.

Officiating panel for the NBA Finals Game 6

In addition to Zarba’s role as Brigade Chief, Guthrie and Gobley take on specific roles in Game 6. After serving as a referee in Game 5, veteran officer Josh Tiven will be the official face of the Game 6 Play Center.

Here is the official crew.

Job title Official Uniform No. Seasons Number of NBA Finals
crew chief Zach Zarba fifteen 19 9
referee David Guthrie 16 17 5
Referee John Goble ten fifteen 6
Play Center Josh Teeven 58 12 3
  • Zarba was the crew chief in Golden State’s 19-point win over Boston in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
  • Guthrie was the umpire for the Celtics’ third game to defeat the Warriors.
  • Goble was the referee in the first game of the Celtics to defeat the Warriors in that series.

Zarba’s NBA Finals accomplishments include the Warriors’ victory over the Cavaliers in Game 6 of the 2015 NBA Finals, a streak that has some parallels to this one.

What channel is Warriors vs. Celtics?

  • Date: Thursday, June 16
  • TTo channel: ABC
  • Live Stream: Sling TV | Watch ESPN

Game 6 of the NBA Finals will air on ABC. Viewers can also stream Game 6 on Watch ESPN or Sling TV.

Viewers in the US can stream every game of the NBA Finals live on SLING TV. With the SLING Orange Sports Extra package, you’ll get $10 off your first month with access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, TNT, and NBATV. NBA Finals games on ABC are simulcast on ESPN3, which is part of SLING Orange and is available for $35 per month, including $25 the first month for new subscribers.

MORE: Watch the NBA Finals on Sling TV (US only)

Warriors vs Celtics Kickoff Time

  • Date: Thursday, June 16
  • Time: 21:00 ET | 18:00 PT

Game 6 of the NBA Finals starts at around 9:00 pm ET on Thursday, June 16. The game will take place at TD Garden in Boston.

NBA Finals schedule Warriors vs. Celtics

Here’s the full schedule for the 2022 NBA Finals.

Date The game Time (ET) / Results TV channel
2 June Game 1 Celtics 120, Warriors 108 ABC
June 5 Game 2 Warriors 107, Celtics 88 ABC
June 8 Game 3 Celtics 116, Warriors 100 ABC
June 10th Game 4 Warriors 107, Celtics 97 ABC
June 13 Game 5 Warriors 104, Celtics 94 ABC
June 16 Game 6 9 pm ABC
June 19 Game 7* 8 pm ABC

*If it is needed

NBA Finals Officials

Ahead of the 2022 NBA Finals, the league announced a roster of 12 officials to be named to the series. The judges appointed for the 2022 NBA Finals are as follows:

Official Number of NBA Finals
Brothers Tony eleven
James Capers eleven
Mark Davis eleven
Kane Fitzgerald four
Scott Foster fifteen
John Goble 6
David Guthrie 5
Courtney Kirkland 2
Eric Lewis four
Josh Teeven 3
James Williams 2
Zach Zarba 9

Officials Curtis Blair, Tyler Ford, Mark Lindsay, Ed Malloy, Ben Taylor and Sean Wright have been named alternates for the 2022 NBA Finals.

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