At Least The Blazers Have This Going For Them
To believe the stories out of Dallas, the Blazers’ most valuable person tonight will be lead official Danny Crawford.
ESPN reports that the Mavericks are 2-16 in playoff games refereed by Crawford. They are 4-14 against the spread in those games.
“I don’t consider that a factor,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Tuesday after being asked if a ref can have an affect on a team. “It would be pretty defeatist if we did. He’s a great official and history shows that.”
Could be a coincidence. Or it could harken back to the days of Jake O’Donnell vs. the Blazers.