I've had this theory for the last 8-9 years, but I could really only apply it to the Pacers and several other teams, but after watching the second half of the Pistons vs. Sixers game today (Sunday Apr 27)....I'm convinced it is more than theory.
The NBA controls games vias its officials. No team ever has too big a lead and no team faces too far a deficit. The league calls games to keep them close. The team with the lead can't draw a foul and the team behind can hack and grab all they want.
In the Playoffs, they take it one step further by controlling the series. They did not want Detroit to lose and it was very obvious!
Watch the 2nd half of the Pistons game. The Pistons guards were beyond aggressive with the Sixers bumping, grabbing (Holding the Jersey), over the back...constant contact. They created numerous turnovers without being held accountable for the fouls! This erased a 10 pt deficit instantly and kept them in the lead despite the Sixers making a run. The Iquodala foul (BS charge call) on the break when Hamilton got in the way...perfect example of the officials using a call that could go either way and giving it in favor of the Pistons...the team that needed to win tonight to keep the series going. These are the same officials (NBA officials of any kind) that allowed the Lakers to erase a 20 pt deficit against the Kings way back when. Its the same **** that has been going on forever and why the NBA just down right sucks when it comes to true and fair competition.
It was beyond obvious in this game! Any wonder why Donaghy had the ability to tell gamblers how the games would go and whether the point spread would work?? Its because he was a part of the "farce" that is the NBA. It is theatre, not competition. No way Donaghy was smart enough to know all this tendancy BS....he knew how the NBA officiates games and used that info to feed gamblers and it made it easy for him to make the wrong calls all the time to influence the outcome. This is, of course, all just my theory....but it sure makes sense when you break it down.
My theory started back during a Knicks vs. Pacers series. Close game on a satellite broadcast at a bar with personal tvs. No commercials back then. Bill Walton was announcing and the mic's caught Hugh Evans (i think it was Hugh...could've been someone else) saying to his two other refs and I'll paraphrase....we've got the game right where we want it, if they keep missing shots, there is nothing we can do about it!...... Pacers were ahead and the Knicks were gaining ground....the Knicks continued to brick city and the Pacers won and I'll bet that wasn't the expected/desired outcome. Right after the mics caught this, I heard Walton go whoa?! and then the sound cut to the satellite feed.
Now there are a lot of great plays in the NBA, especially late in games and is why the 4th quarter is typically when people should start watching.
One mans opinion......others will likely see it another way, but thats the beauty in life.