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Joey Crawford’s crew to referee Game 6 of the NBA Finals

Jun 18, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

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And the people wearing tinfoil hats start screaming, “I told you so, the end of the world is neigh.”

The NBA has announced that Joey Crawford will lead the crew of official in Game 6 that also includes Mike Callahan and Ken Mauer.

This is the second game this series that Crawford — the most famous of NBA referees — has officiated. He also was on Game 2, an easy Miami win. But both teams had 14 free throw attempts that game and even Spurs fans should be able to admit that loss had nothing to do with the officiating and everything to do with the Heat outplaying the Spurs in the second half.

As I said before Game 2, yes Crawford and Duncan have a history (he threw Tim Duncan out of a game for laughing in 2007 and didn’t get assigned the NBA Finals for years after), but this is really a good thing for the Spurs — no referee is more willing to make an unpopular call against the home team late in the game than Crawford.

All we ever really want from the officials is for them not to be the story, and through five games of the Finals that has been the case by and large. There have been missed calls both ways, but the teams have been the story. Crawford could be the one guy to change that dynamic, but let’s all hope not. Let’s hope the Spurs and Heat decide this on their own merits.

  1. klownboy - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Uh oh, …cue the conspiracy theories.

    • putnam118 - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      The idea that they are only “crazy conspiracies” went out the window with he Kings-Lakers game.

      • putnam118 - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        and with Tim donaghy

    • nolanwiffle - Jun 18, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      The NSA is reporting that they were listening in on Commissioner Stern’s phone and heard the following transmission: “Joey! Get me my goddamned game 7!

      • klownboy - Jun 18, 2013 at 4:21 PM

        LMAO! Nice!!!

    • gmsingh123 - Jun 18, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      Good point, klownboy. It’s all a big coincidence.

  2. taintedlombardis - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    So let it be written, so let it be done…Game 7.

    • 4thquartermagic - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:35 PM


      -David Stern

      • 2late2matter - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        …and make sure that Tim Duncan gets at least one technical foul for laughing out loud on the bench too….

        No, better yet foul him out of the game by the 3rd Quarter.

  3. heavychevy15 - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Just call the game consistently and let it be about the players. Crawford has a way of making games about himself sometimes. This series has been consistent for the most part and tonight should be no different

  4. jcmeyer10 - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Well I just got my evening back. See you for Game 7.

    • spthegr8 - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      The biggest stage of the year and possibly the last game of the season…… This Old Hack is gonna be on FULL Joey mode tonight. I shutter too think what he has his sleeve for this one??? SMFH!!! This just goes to show that Stern could give 2 SH**S about how BAD the officiating is @ times. Stern is a BIG part of the problem with the officiating now a days!! Just Saying!!

  5. davidly - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    “I told you so, the end of the world is neigh.”
    I think I get it. Because it’s, like, one of the horses of the apocalypse that neighs, right?

    • azarkhan - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      Oh, nigh!

  6. cantonbound13 - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Here come the bandwagoner’s excuses.

    • bigbenh8tr - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      That makes no sense. Heat is the bandwagon.

  7. htownred34 - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    This just made things a bit more interesting, maybe this is how you bring up the ratings nba lol

    • 2late2matter - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      ….or sell more airtime commercials which generate the big buck$ for the league and owners.

  8. zacksdad - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    What does it say about the NBA and Crawford when it needs to mentioned before a game when he is an official? The game should be about the game, not him. Either “fix’ him or get rid of him.

  9. jrazz22 - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    How sad is it that a ref gets this much attention.

  10. rushbacker - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Can’t believe they still use this guy at all. . . let alone for a game of this magnitude, on the biggest stage.

  11. PayBizzy - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    the fix is on!!!! lol

  12. dangernearing - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    I love, not really, the dig at the ppl who may have an opinion that aligns with yours. Pretty comical really. You must feel defensive. Everyone knows that Crawford is Stern’s pitbull. So, we shouldn’t bother tuning in. Series tied 3-3.

  13. azcards - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    The most famous NBA Official? None of the officials should be “famous”. We should have no idea who the officials actually are.

  14. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    12:15pm, LeBron just picked up his 2nd

    • cantonbound13 - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      And so it begins

    • spursareold - Jun 18, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      What are you talking about? LeBron won’t be called for two fouls all game. The NBA must want to rev up the Heat’s running game, because they are allowed to do anything short of a kick to the groin or a punch to knock the ball loose when Joey’s in town.

      • mckaymatt - Jun 18, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        Pretty sure the last two games Lebron has fouled out in they lost and Crawford was reffing both of them…I understand why him reffing would que a Heat will make it 7 for ratings ect. and I kind of feel the Heat will get the benefit but this guy isn’t a fan of LeBron’s.

      • gmsingh123 - Jun 18, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        Here’s my prediction: Parker will get knocked unconscious and/or punched in the groin and Crawford will just put it down as “playoff basketball”.

  15. rtfinch - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    why isnt the crew who officiated the first game doing the whole series? didnt call flops and let the guys play ……….. wait i just answered my own questions. i look forward reading about how great lebron is tomorrow.

  16. ankmartin4 - Jun 18, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Joey’s legacy is on the line today.

  17. dolphindubs - Jun 18, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Whats the over/under on who gets tee’d up first, James or Duncan? I got both getting one in the first half

    • 2late2matter - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      I’m quite certain it’ll be Tim who gets one for saying “hello” to Mr. Crawford tonight…..

  18. rayburns - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Bring back Jake O’Donnell

  19. Wammy Giveaway - Jun 18, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Uh oh. This feels eerily similar. We’ve had two ejections in the playoffs that served as omens. Dwight Howard was ejected in Game 4 of the first round. Chris Paul was ejected in Game 6 of the first round. Both games were elimination games. Tonight is an elimination game.

    The only way we will know if the series goes the full seven games is if LeBron James gets ejected. If this happens tonight, not only will the Spurs win the title, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard and LeBron James may leave their respective teams to form a new Big 3.

    And there is your conspiracy for the day.

  20. cwilson6843 - Jun 18, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    I hate yall. Especially cantonbound

  21. gmsingh123 - Jun 18, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    This just in: Tim Duncan just got a T for suiting up!

  22. halfbaht - Jun 18, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    There goes the spurs in 6

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