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Adam Silver says L2M reports show referees are correct "90 percent" of the time

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The 2016 playoffs have not been one to remember for NBA officials. Due to the introduction of the league's 'Last Two Minute Report', numerous missed or incorrect calls have been identified and made public that have directly impacted multiple games.

The revelation of refereeing mistakes has caused controversy and made headlines throughout the postseason. But the report is the league's way of being transparent, despite just confirming what is usually made clear on television replays during nationally televised games.

Several coaches, including Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich, have questioned the thinking behind the public report.

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Kerr said it was "unfair to the officials" and "throws them under the bus" whereas Popovich called it "sort of an odd practice".

But the NBA came out and defended their decision to release the report as they state that the officials make more calls correctly than incorrectly and want to make people aware of this.

Commissioner Adam Silver echoed that sentiment in a recent interview with ESPN's NBA Tonight.

"Roughly 90 percent -- they get it right," Silver said. "Now, of course, I'd like 90 percent to be 100 percent. And so would they. But what these reports also show, what fans already know is, human error is part of this game, and the best athletes in the world make mistakes. And coaches occasionally make mistakes. Officials do, too."

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Silver also added that the league has no choice but to be transparent "with so many cameras focused on the action, with so many other kinds of services providing that same information to our fans or to the public."

The officiating has been one of the main talking points in the playoffs which the commissioner says is not something that they're proud of. 

"My goal is for it not to be a storyline. There's no question about that," Silver said. "And even if you ask our officials, their goal is to not be noticed."

But they have been noticed, on one too many occasions and in some of the most high-profile games too. 

Golden State Warriors  v San Antonio Spurs

The most notable cases occurred in the Western Conference semi-finals series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs.  

The league confirmed that it missed five calls in the final two minutes in a game two encounter that the Thunder won to even the series at 1-1. 

One of those plays saw Dion Waiters elbow Manu Ginobili whilst trying to inbound the ball, a play which many ex-players and former officials said they'd never seen before. 

It was also revealed that the referees failed to whistle for a foul on Kawhi Leonard as he intentionally wrapped up Russell Westbrook late in game five in an attempt to stop the clock.

The OKC point guard continued to the basket and earned a three-point play which effectively ended the game.

Those two calls may have altered the outcome of the series which the Thunder went on to win.

The entire topic is a massive grey area and divides opinion among many, which just goes to show the impossible job referees have. 

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Golden State Warriors
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Western Conference
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Russell Westbrook
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