This is interesting. Game 2’s officials are Joey Crawford, Ed Malloy and Ken Mauer. This means there are likely to be a lot more fouls, and even technical fouls called against both teams. It also means the home team likely has an advantage.
Crawford’s uneven history against both teams gives both fans cause to be nervous. He had the balls to foul out LB James on an illegal screen. Looks like LB James got less than the usual 10-12 fouls he commits during a game with this one:
His history with Tim Duncan is unusual at best. Crawford ejected Duncan for laughing on the bench:
That little bit of rabbit-eared paranoia got Crawford suspended for the remainder of that season. It was about the same level as Jess Kersey ejecting the Coyote from a game.
Meanwhile, MiamiFan has to be thankful. That is, if there were anything such as MiamiFan, you’re a bandwagoner anyway. It means lots of trips to the line where the Heat can pile up points, instead of having to rely on their misfiring offense.