I don't think I need to remind you the play-by-play of that iconic moment that Ray Allen drained a corner three for the Miami Heat in Game 6 of 2013 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. That three-pointer with 5.2 seconds left tied the game, which led to an overtime victory.
The loss, cost the Spurs the game and a series win. The Heat went on to win Game 7 and the championship.
But, you may also remember that immediately after Ray Allen made the three-pointer, the referees stopped the game to check if Allen was behind the three-point line, although he clearly was. Gregg Popovich wasn't happy about that, because it stopped his team's momentum to get another score.
But what the Miami Heat would not have been pleased with, nor the NBA, is if the Spurs did score on that next possession.
The reason is because the Spurs made an illegal substitution during the review and Tim Duncan entered the game. If the Spurs were to score and win the game, the Heat could have protested to the NBA about that and forced the final few seconds to be replayed.
You may recall this happened several years ago when the Heat and Hawks played in the regular season. Shaquille O'Neal was unrightfully fouled out of the game. The Heat protested that he only had 5 fouls and won. They had to replay the final minute at a later date -- although they still lost.
Crawford described the Finals situation like this:
''You know you're in trouble,'' he said. ''You're very happy that you got through the game and you're not, you really weren't the focal point of the game. But what happens is everybody is texting and emailing back and forth, and (saying), `Joe, you know that Duncan got in the game.'''
Crawford had to pay a fine as the lead official and missing a call that could have been so monumental and crucial to the outcome of the game. Not just a call, and actual illegal moment by the Spurs. Teams cannot sub players during reviews, only official dead ball situations.
Luckily, the Heat won the game.
You can read more about this from TheScore.