Posted June 19, 2013

Joey Crawford set to work Game 6 of the NBA Finals between Heat, Spurs

2013 NBA Finals, Ben Golliver, Joey Crawford, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Tim Duncan
Joey Crawford will referee Game 6 of the NBA Finals

Joey Crawford (right) also officiated Game 2 of the NBA Finals. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Joey Crawford will officiate Game 6 of the NBA Finals along with Mike Callahan and Ken Mauer, the NBA announced Tuesday morning. Crawford, who has a controversial history with Spurs star Tim Duncan, also worked Game 2 of the Finals, which the Heat won 103-84 in an easy blowout.

Crawford, an NBA referee since 1977, is one of the league’s most experienced and recognizable referees. His name is often a trending topic on Twitter when he works games and he made headlines in November for high-stepping from the baseline to the three-point line to make a call during a game between the Lakers and Pacers.

Game 2 marked the first time Crawford, 61, officiated a Finals game involving the Spurs since he was suspended by the NBA in 2007 following a controversial and unusual ejection of Tim Duncan, who was booted from the third quarter of an April 15 game against the Mavericks for laughing while seated on the Spurs’ bench.

The NBA cited “improper conduct and a lack of professionalism” in suspending Crawford for the remainder of the 2006-07 season and the entire 2007 playoffs. Crawford sat at home as the Spurs went on to win their most recent title, the fourth of Duncan’s career, but he eventually had his suspension lifted prior to the start of the 2007-08 season.

The Associated Press and ESPN.com reported Duncan, who was fined $25,000 for “verbal abuse of an official” for his role in the incident, told reporters in 2007 Crawford had a “personal vendetta” against him and that Crawford asked him if he wanted to fight before the ejection.

“He looked at me and said, ’Do you want to fight? Do you want to fight?”’ Duncan said. “If he wants to fight, we can fight. I don’t have any problem with him, but we can do it if he wants to. I have no reason why in the middle of a game he would yell at me, ’Do you want to fight?”’

The Spurs hold a 3-2 series lead entering Game 6 of the Finals. Tip-off is 9 p.m. ET at Miami’s American Airlines Arena.

19 comments
Katude1
Katude1

And again Crawford steals a game away from spurs

Katude1
Katude1

And again Crawford steals a game away from spurs

dorado
dorado

nice foul by ray allen on ginobili and no call.  rigged in miami's favor!!

lvmainman
lvmainman

Why do reporters NEVER report the fact the Spurs are 2-10 in playoff games when Joey Crawford refs, since his return from his suspension?

Why does the 2-10 record - a fact - never get mentioned?

Joe R2
Joe R2

Well, I guess there will be a game 7

mrlecorbeau
mrlecorbeau

The very fact there is an SI article naming the ref for the game tonight is symptomatic of the problem; the refs are allowed to think they are part of the show.

"Never let the show get in the way of the game" John Wooden (who is waiting to strangle Stern in the afterlife)

Hampton180
Hampton180

I'll take Joey Crawford Over Scott Foster and his technical fouls.

CarlosMuniz
CarlosMuniz

Ok the NBA league is putting players 6, 7 and 8 for Miami on the court. Stern is a power abusive guy. WOW can't Labron do it him self?

dorado
dorado

ticky tack fouls will get called in lebron's favor while going to the rim.  spurs will get called for all kinds of offensive fouls on screens.  free throw ratio tonight will be 2:1 in favor of the heat.

wyorose90
wyorose90

Wow, Stern is hitting below the belt with that one. All of a sudden Joey Crawford is reffing another game. Yep, Stern must have sent the memo out that he wants his Golden Boy to win. Spurs need to make their shots so they can keep ahead of the calls that will probably go against them.

Jesse3
Jesse3

He officiated a game between the Spurs and Gold State and he called it really fair.  The officiating has been really suspect the whole series, so my guess is that they are gonna let the players play.

Big
Big

Heat almost never loses when Joey is an official.  Don't even have to watch to know that the Heat will get all the calls.

AlbertE.Bannister
AlbertE.Bannister

Let's not forget ethical Joey was forced to resign after pleading guilty to tax evasion - why did Stern ever bring him back? 

dorado
dorado

more evidence that this game is rigged for a full 7 games and heat victory.

DAN B1
DAN B1

that man has no business ref'ing this game or any game the spurs play

michaelhua34
michaelhua34

@dorado manu traveled first.  The refs were just letting them play tonight.  Spurs won free throw battle and missed two big free throws at the end.  so cannot blame refs...this was on pop's bad substitutions,  manu's bad play (9 pts, 8 turnovers), and heat finally stopping danny green from shooting.   having said all this, i am hoping spurs pull it out in game 7.  

wyorose90
wyorose90

@CarlosMuniz No , apparently The Little Tyrant thinks Bron Bron needs his help. He must want to pad is pockets before he retires. Ebay had tickets to game 4 between Spurs and Heat back when Heat were on game 3 with the Pacers. Now tell me this is not rigged!?!? All I want is a fair game with no phantom calls in favor of the Heat.