As if there wasn't enough drama leading into Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals, per Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Joey Crawford will be refereeing the pivotal sixth game between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs.
Joe Crawford, Mike Callahan, Ken Mauer, Marc Davis (alternate) your referees for tonight's Heat-Spurs, 9 p.m., ABC.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) June 18, 2013
No matter what color welcoming mat the Heat choose to roll out for Game 6, conspiracy theorists will likely cry foul more than Crawford himself does during the game. South Beach emerged victorious in the only contest he officiated thus far.
Regardless of where you stand on his Game 6 inclusion and whether or not it will impact the outcome, the uncertainty behind each appearance Crawford makes is part of the intrigue.
We just don't know.
Tread with caution then, Miami and San Antonio. Crawford's in the house for the biggest game of the year, and there's no telling what he'll do if he feels compelled to steal the spotlight on a national stage.