The NBA has posted the referee assignments for tonight’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Boston tonight.
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 2-2 in ’08 postseason games in which Crawford was part of the officiating crew.
Official 2: Eddie F. Rush
The Celtics are 4-1 in ’08 postseason games in which Rush was part of the officiating crew.
Official 3: 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 3-pointer. But Salvatore called a charge on Pierce and a potential 4-point play turned into a Detroit possession.
The Celtics are 3-3 in ’08 postseason games in which Salvatore was part of the officiating crew.
UPDATE (12:58 p.m.): After learning of the referee assignments, Globe columnist Bob Ryan chimed in with the following commentary: Joey’s the best. Great to have him. Bennett’s a nice guy who owns a restaurant in Connecticut. Doesn’t he have better things to do? Ed F. Rush? The same Ed F. Rush of whom Tom Heinsohn once famously said on the air, “Ed F. Rush? The ‘F’ stands for fool.” Hey, commissioner: No complaints here if Joey works the game alone.