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NBA official Joey Crawford called in for Game 3

Veteran NBA referee Joey Crawford will be the lead official for Friday night's Game 3 between the Heat and Bulls.

Known for his no-nonsense style, Crawford arrives in Chicago two days after Game 2 of the series featured nine technical fouls. In his last game, Crawford issued seven technical fouls in Game 6 of the first-round series between the Clippers and Grizzlies. Chris Paul and Zach Randolph were ejected from the game.

Udonis Haslem's reaction to learning Crawford was calling Friday's game was telling.

"Oh, really," Haslem said. "Wow."

Haslem then went on to say, "We're not focused on that. We're going to come out and play our game and be aggressive on both ends of the floor. We're going to do our jobs and, obviously, the officials are going to have to do their job."

Crawford will officiate the game with officials David Guthrie Derrick Stafford.

-The Bulls will be without forward Loul Deng and guards Kirk Hinrich and Derrick Rose for Game 3 against the Heat, Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau announced after Friday's morning's shootaround.

 

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