I know people complain about the refs, but has anyone considered the possibility the league is trying to extend the playoffs and get as many games as possible? I've never seen such stretched out schedules before. Nor so many games on national TV. Of the 32 games so far, 27 or so were on national TV. That is insane, and its only the first round! Longer series = more games = $$$$. Heat up 2-0, Shaq in foul trouble games 3 and 4, result 2-2 CLE up 2-1, bron actually called for fouls in game 4, result 2-2 Pistons up 2-0, ben in foul trouble, result 2-1 Lakers up 2-1, Kobe in foul trouble, pulls off miracle up 3-1 Not to mention the questionable calls around the league. You hear about these conspiracies theories, and obviously they can't be blatant about it. But subtle things here and there pile up and build momentum in another team's favor. We all like to hate on the heat and spurs, but in the west the 1-8 matchup is 2-2, the 2-7 matchup is 1-3, in the east the 1-8 matchup is 2-1 (so far), 2-7 is 2-2. Either these are the most talented group of teams in the playoffs or the worst. Last year no 1st or 2nd seed took longer than 5 games to dispose of their opponent. This year, PHX will lose, Heat could, SA has been outplayed in 3 of 4, and Det lost a lot of momentum in game 3.