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The Ejection Of Tim Duncan

Posted by Matt on April 18, 2007

During San Antonio’s 91 to 86 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, Referee Joey Crawford ejected San Antonio Spur Tim Duncan after giving him two technical fouls in a one minute, 16 second span late in the third quarter that proved to be costly down the stretch. Additionally, Duncan claims that Crawford asked him if he wanted to fight, and I have no reason not to believe the NBA’s golden boy, with only his 2nd ejection in his 9 year career. This is hilarious for multiple reasons; first, it is the middle of the game and Crawford is a referee and Duncan is a player on the bench and secondly, Duncan is just shy of seven feet tall and Crawford is roughly a six foot Paul Shaffer look-alike, all he needs are those ridiculous glasses and a keyboard.

This is just another reason to NOT watch the NBA with any regularity until the playoffs. Not only are there players with egos the size of the moon, now the REFEREES have egos and personal vendettas. This was a HUGE ejection that could really hurt the Spurs down the stretch. Duncan was absent for the ENTIRE fourth quarter, in which the Spurs only put up 10 points and lost by 5, had Duncan been in the game, the ending may have been different. It was admittedly a shift in momentum when Duncan was ejected for what appeared to be laughing on the bench. Furthermore, this loss put a halt any chances the Spurs had to catch Phoenix for the 2nd seed and home-court advantage. There is no need to have referees with personal vendettas affecting the outcomes of the games, especially in the playoffs. Why are these referees not instructed to IGNORE the benches during the game like they do in college basketball. When is the last time you saw an NCAA referee engage, or indulge, any player or coach on the bench during a game. The most you will see is them trying to calm the coach down, answer any questions, or tell the players to sit down from celebrating too much. There is just no place for this in professional sports, a place where professionalism should be prevalent, but is seemingly becoming harder and harder to come by. It is ironic to see the referees, of all people, removing from the game what integrity the NBA may have had left.

This incidence is yet another black eye on a beaten league that is constantly battling player character issues, on top of now having to answer questions about losing teams “tanking” for position in what is now being call a “flawed” draft lottery system. This is not Crawford’s first incident of this type, either, as he had a similar incident in the 2003 Western Conference Finals that included the same teams as Sunday’s game.

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One Response to “The Ejection Of Tim Duncan”

  1. I THINK THAT GAME WAS BS!! DUNCAN SHOULDNT HAVE BEEN REJECTED JUST BECAUSE HE WAS LAUGHING ON THE BENCH. I MEAN I WOULD HAVE BEEN LAUGHING TOO IF A REFEREE ASKED ME THE SAME THING, WELL THE SEASON IS OVER, AND ITS PLAYOFFS BABY!! SPURS ARE TAKING THE GOLD THIS YEAR!!

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