Joey Crawford, David Stern Annihilated on Twitter for Game 4 Ref Incompetence

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Joey Crawford, David Stern Annihilated on Twitter for Game 4 Ref Incompetence
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Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals was a blowout—the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers never stood a chance against a superstar crew featuring Joey Crawford, Rodney Mott and Derrick Stafford Tuesday night.

Things got so bad throughout the game that the NBA decided the frequency and the erroneous nature of the calls made it worth reviewing.

It's likely that nothing major comes of the review, but at least the league is attempting to show some sort of accountability on the issue.

We can pick this one up before the most egregious 24-second violation in recent memory, going back a short jaunt with a timeout call from Erik Spoelstra—or was it?

Spo was calling a play, but Stafford decided he was too far out on the court, so he concluded that it was a timeout.


The highlight of the night, however, was a blown shot-clock violation call with just over eight minutes left in the game.

After David West very clearly hit the rim with a baseline jumper, a rebound and a layup from Tyler Hansbrough should have put Indiana up by 11 points—only the shot clock was never reset.

Crawford sprinted in from half court to make the call, giving the ball to the Heat.

No problem, right? Just go review the call and move on. Only that review never came, leading to a complete Twitter explosion.

From there the momentum shifted over to Miami and the Heat went on a 13-2 run to tie the game up. Can you blame the call? Probably not, but it certainly didn't help the Pacers.

At this point, the country was taking notice, and the anger was palpable.

Later, a ball deflected out of bounds by Ray Allen was given to the Heat. There's no way they can screw this one up, right?

With the trend of this game, you can pretty much guess that Crawford concluded that he was right on the initial call—Miami ball.

In a desire to balance things out, a few calls went against Miami when the Pacers retook the lead, only these came at the end of the game when Miami was on the verge of attempting to finish things off.

LeBron James was called for a moving screen (no seriously, they really called a moving screen) for his sixth foul with just under a minute left.

There was contact, but it seemed to be more that Lance Stephenson tripped, rather than James knocking him down.

A travel call on Dwyane Wade happened 30 seconds later, and the game was decided. Thankfully, we had one last video replay to figure out following a deflection, giving us this beauty:

Of course, there were two great things to come from this game.

Not only that, but the referees were so visibly poor that there's really no way to spin this toward a conspiracy theory, unless the conspiracy is that David Stern's referees are attempting to ruin perfectly good basketball games.

Despite the foul trouble, it was a much more exciting contest than Game 3. I'll take Game 4 over that every time.

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