I've often heard that a good referee is invisible in a game and I've found that to be true. A very well officiated game is one in which you don't remember the calls or the refs afterwards. But that rarely describes a Joey Crawford officiated game. In the clip above, Joey is anything but invisible.
To set the scene, there was 1:15 remaining in the fourth quarter of the game between the Pacers and the Lakers at the Staples Center. The game was tied at 74. Crawford called the Lakers' Chris Duhon for a block on a drive by David West of the Pacers. I watched the play several times and as much as I hate the Lakers and love that they lost, it looked like he got the call wrong. But that didn't stop Joey from making a spectacle of himself and galloping across the court as he made the call.
And, when you consider that the Lakers lost this game by 2 points on a last second game winner by George Hill of the Pacers, this call is even bigger. I wonder if the league will do anything about Joey's showboating. Somehow I doubt it.
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