Should Spurs backers be worried with Crawford as Game 6 ref?

Jun 18, 2013 |
Spurs backers should be cautious: Joey Crawford is part of the officiating crew for Game 6 of the NBA Finals Tuesday night.

Crawford is pretty much public enemy No. 1 for the San Antonio Spurs.

Crawford and Tim Duncan, of course, have their own history. Crawford called a technical foul on Duncan as he sat on the bench back in a 2007 playoff game against the Dallas Mavericks. Duncan, and basically everyone involved in the game or at the arena that day, was baffled at the call.

Crawford went on to challenge Duncan to fisticuffs and exchanged heated words with San Antonio's big man. Subsequently, Joey was suspended by the NBA for the remainder of those 2007 playoffs.

Perhaps this is all water under the bridge in 2013.

Crawford has already been involved in the series as he was part of the crew which officiated Game 2. The game was officiated fairly by all accounts. Each team had 14 free throws. Miami had 17 personal fouls to San Antonio's 14. Nothing was glaring in Game 2. Miami won the game 103-84 and the Heat covered as 6.5-point home faves.

Deadspin's Barry Petchesky has an interesting take, however:

Here are some stats for Crawford:

Home Team ATS season: 37-36-1
Home fave with spread between -5 and -9.5 (Miami is -6.5): 13-9
Over/Under season: 29-42
O/U between 185 and 194.5 (total Tuesday is 189.5): 11-20
2012/2013 Spurs with Crawford as ref: 4-3 SU and ATS, 2-4-1 O/U
2012/2013 Heat with Crawford as ref: 7-3 SU and ATS, 3-7 O/U

San Antonio is a 7-point road underdog in Game 6 and a +110 pup to win the NBA Championship (Miami -130) despite holding a 3-2 series lead heading into Tuesday.

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