NBA Officiating – We’ve seen this before

I hope the officiating for today’s Spurs/Mavericks game isn’t an indication of how they will call the playoffs.  Tim Duncan gets TWO technical’s while sitting on the bench.  All he was doing was laughing (about what, who knows – who cares?  It was JUST laughing!).  Two Technical’s means you are ejected.  No review, no instant replay, no checks and balances on what they Ref decides to do.  Tim is just out of the game.  For laughing.

Those of you who followed the Spurs/Mavericks in the playoffs last year might see some similarities in the crappy and unfair officiating.  Guess what – the NBA Officials aren’t any better or more fair this year than they were last year.

A Referee should not be able to determine the outcome of a game (or series) without some type of review.

Seeing Tim Duncan laugh and cover his head with a towel is not reason enough to eject that player from the game.

I really wish Popovich (Spurs coach) would have just walked his team off the court and forfeited.  A series of bullshit calls results in one of the best players in the NBA getting ejected, while not even on the court, and seemingly just for laughing.



  1. Umm…I hate to state the obvious. But since no one else has…two words:

    Mark. Cuban.

    I think that the NBA knows the Mavs were cheated in the Finals last year. This year watch the refs to give the Mavs some extra help.

  2. there actually a few refs like him. ted barnhart, hugh hollins, jack madden had his moments,steve javie, and most notably dan crawford (whom i know from personal experience is a jerk). i must admit, in a moment of stupidity, i objected to the female referees but i have since decided that they are very solid and just officials. silly of me to be sexist when these men are jaking it.

  3. With Crawford the quicker he can make the game about him the better he likes it. He’s always
    been this way and if the NBA doesn’t put a stop to him it always will be his stage.

  4. he’s obviously a jerk:

    * , Joe was one of 10 NBA referees charged with filing false income tax returns. An Internal Revenue Service investigation was the result of cash being pocketed by referees when airline tickets provided by the league were downgraded. At the conclusion of a four year investigation, Crawford pleaded guilty on July 1, 1998 for falsely stating income of $82,500 from 1991 to 1993 and resigned from the NBA effective immediately. He would be reinstated by NBA commissioner David Stern in 1999 and did not miss a game due to a players’ lockout to start the 1998-99 NBA season.

    * During the 2003 NBA playoffs, Joe assessed two technical fouls and ejected Don Nelson, then head coach of the Dallas Mavericks, for not returning to his team’s bench after disputing a foul called against his team. After discussing the incident with the league, Crawford determined that he should have waited longer and let Nelson become the aggressor, not him.

    * Referee in the NBA All-Star Game in 1986, 1992 and 2000, as well as the 1993 McDonald’s Championship in Munich, Germany

    * Assessed Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs 2 technical fouls in 2007 game against the Dallas Mavericks. Crawford whistled the first technical after Duncan protested a call from the bench, and the second, more questionable, technical after Duncan was laughing on the bench with teammate Robert Horry after Crawford call went against the Oberto of the Spurs.

  5. well, it obvious that he’s not working for the NBA because if he were, he’d be whistling BASKETBALL. A foul called for ‘conduct’on the bench. still scratching my head.

  6. @Jim – yeah – I think Crawford was penalizing Tim for something that happened some time ago that we didn’t see (either in this game, or a previous one). At least I hope that’s the case. The only explaination is that he isn’t working for the NBA – he’s working for the Mavericks šŸ™‚

    Yeah, I know – crappy accusation – but it was also a very crappy set of calls!


  7. @Paul – you have NO IDEA what my beer budget is! I can cover you šŸ˜‰


  8. “As much as you can drink in two hours”

    You have NO idea, do you? šŸ˜‰

  9. @Paul – OK, Beer. But you have to leave your hurricane-magnet state of Florida, and travel to San Antonio to collect. As much as you can drink in two hours (NO carry-outs!) šŸ˜‰


  10. @Rob .. uhm… err… “unpaid” ?? But but but… šŸ˜‰

  11. From wikipedia (link):

    “Joe developed a reputation early in his NBA career for being “the guy handing out all the technical fouls, throwing guys out of games, a hothead, a real red-ass.” … His philosophy was that he had to be aggressive. Crawford would later discover about himself that he had problems controlling his temper and sought anger management after an altercation with a coach. To this day, Joe continues to battle his temper problems.”

  12. what’s worse is that the calls were progressively worse. terry & bowen, jacques vaughn, then (i think) ginobilli. those free throws facilitated a 4pt victory. it had to be personal. life hugh hollins had it out for the bulls…

  13. @Paul – you are the FIRST Official and unpaid investigator for my blog!

    Your work on The Soyuz/Flare photo and now this!

    Good work. And now, after your historical evidence, I am even more angry. šŸ™‚

  14. Apparantly the guy is known for this shit: look what I found.. almost 4 years ago! (Spurs – Mavericks) (in the Taipei Times, no less šŸ˜‰ )

    “Following a Game 1 that featured 72 personal fouls and 98 free throws, notoriously hot tempered referee Joey Crawford called four technical fouls in the first 10:11.”


  15. Sitting here (still pissed :)) thinking about this – I wonder if the NBA shouldn’t add a replay rule to the second technical foul – let a perhaps cooler head prevail up in the booth? It really does seem odd that a single ref can make TWO questionable technical foul calls in the same game with no recourse (sure, I know the NBA will look at the tapes later, but that’s a bit too late for this game now, isn’t it?).

    But a two minute time-out for someone in the booth to review a play that causes a player ejection just doesn’t seem to much to ask.

  16. I wonder how anyone could hold anything personal against Tim Duncan?!?!?! He really is a great guy (on and off the court). Crawford just had a bad day. I hope his LAST bad day.


  17. yeah, i saw that too. its one thing if dennis rodman dislikes a call and goes sprinting down to the other end of the court away from the play while hold the ball. its one thing if chuck person dropkicks the pill into the stands. but to tech any player on the bench. let alone a notoriously quiet player…for a giggle. why the hell wasnt crawford doing his job officiating the basketball being played, y’know shooting passing defending those things that happen on the court. must have been personal.

  18. David – I was irate – not just at this call, but the BS call on Umberto for an defensive foul when he was literally mugged.

    I know the game wasn’t about much – and the Refs made damn sure of that.

    And anyone that thinks it just doesn’t make a difference in the game needs to go and look at the scoring stats with Duncan in the game compared to after he was ejected from the game. Staggering.

    And for one man – one ref to make BOTH the Technical foul calls against Duncan – that’s just not right. Evidently he wasn’t bothering any of the other refs with his enjoying the game and laughing.

    Bet you 10:1 that the same happens when we meet Dallas in the playoffs – and if it is the same Ref then they need to retire his ass – hell, he”s done 31 NBA Finals Games? Time to go dude, your eyesight is bad, your atitude is bad, your sense of fair play is warped, and your integrity is in question.

    Laughing. Ejected. Unreal.


  19. Yep. I wanted to see Pop put in his bottom 5 bench players from that point on and let the game play out like that.