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NBA VP: 'No concerns' about Crawford

DALLAS -- The NBA office addressed the Mavericks' miserable record in playoff games officiated by Danny Crawford by downplaying the issue.

Senior vice president of referee operations Ron Johnson responded via email through a league spokesman to an ESPNDallas.com inquiry about whether the NBA has reviewed the Dallas playoff games worked by Crawford or considered not assigning him to Mavericks series.

"We have no concerns about the fairness of Danny Crawford's officiating in Dallas games, whether in the playoffs or regular season," Johnson said. "And there has never been any consideration given to not scheduling Crawford or any other referee to a particular team's games."

According to numbers crunched by basketball-reference.com, the probability of the Mavs winning two or fewer of the 18 playoff games worked by Crawford is five in 10,000.