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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Ref/nemesis Danny Crawford in Dallas

By Tim MacMahon



DALLAS -- Six words that should seriously concern Dallas Mavericks fans: Danny Crawford is working Game 2.

The Mavs have a 2-16 record in playoff games that Crawford works. That includes a six-game losing streak that began with Game 3 of the 2006 Finals, when the Miami Heat rallied from a 13-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter.

Dallas' lone win in the last 17 Mavs playoff games worked by Crawford came in Game 5 of the 2006 West finals, when Dirk Nowitzki scored a franchise-record 50 points.

Crawford will be the lead official of a crew that includes Pat Fraher and Ed Malloy. That crew's assignment to Game 2 of the Dallas-Portland series comes on the heels of Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan being fined $35,000 for publicly commenting on the Game 1 officiating, particularly the lopsided free throw disparity in Dallas' favor.