Dallas — The officiating in Game 2 of the Portland-Dallas series was already going to be scrutinized after Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan was fined $35,000 for his comments about the opener.
The Mavericks found out that Tuesday night's officiating crew
included Dan Crawford. Dallas was 2-18 in playoff games where he
has been a referee.
The Mavs have lost six straight playoff games officiated by
Crawford, starting with Game 3 of the 2006 NBA finals. It's the
most infamous game in franchise history as Dallas blew a 13-point,
fourth-quarter lead on its way to blowing a 2-0 series lead.
This year, McMillan spoke out after his team lost the series
opener to the Mavericks. Dallas took 19 free throws in the fourth
quarter compared to two for the Blazers.