The NBA has posted the referee assignments for tonight’s Game 3 of the NBA Finals in Los Angeles.
Official 1: Joey Crawford
In April 2007, NBA commissioner David Stern suspended Crawford for his conduct toward the Spurs’ Tim Duncan. Crawford ejected Duncan from San Antonio’s loss to the Mavericks after calling a second technical foul on the Spurs star while he was laughing on the bench. Duncan contended that Crawford challenged him to a fight.
The Celtics are 2-1 in ’08 postseason games in which Crawford was part of the officiating crew.
Official 2: Bennett Salvatore
Salvatore made a controversial call against Celtics captain Paul Pierce late in the third quarter of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, when Pierce pumped faked Rodney Stuckey, leaned in, and hit a long three-pointer. But Salvatore called a charge on Pierce and a potential four-point play turned into a Detroit possession.
The Celtics are 3-2 in ’08 postseason games in which Salvatore was part of the officiating crew.
Official 3: Mark Wunderlich
Wunderlich, along with Crawford and Joe Forte, was part of the three-man crew that did not call of foul on Lakers guard Derek Fisher for banging into San Antonio’s Brent Barry on the final play of the Spurs’ 93-91 loss in Game of Game 4 in the Western Conference finals. The NBA later admitted that it appears a foul should have been called on Fisher.
The Celtics are 1-2 in ’08 postseason games in which Wunderlich was part of the officiating crew.