Originally posted by DelCed2486:
You might try responding to what I actually said. I simply stated that the star players/teams get the calls, I didn't say a word about TV ratings. Spurs boring...who's saying that? Must be "fans" who don't know jack s*** because they're one of the highest-scoring teams in the league, and less than 1pt/gm behind W's in fast break points...and with their championship pedigree and Big 3, are most definitely a marquee team.
As to the W's, yeah, a jump-shooting team that took just as many shots in the paint as the Lakers did in that game, yet remarkably the Lakers go to the line 34 more times than the Warriors. And so far in the playoffs they have been much more active in the paint than Nuggets or Spurs.
I was responding to what you said. The Spurs aren't a "star" team. They don't draw ratings. They are absolutely not a marquee team that the league would have any motivation to help out. I enjoy watching them play, but the reputation they have amongst fans is that of a boring one and they don't watch them, rightly or wrongly.
Regarding the Laker/Warrior game, for the life of me I don't know why you feel compelled to bring it up, but when a player is fouled on a shot attempt and misses the shot, it doesn't count as a field goal attempt, so how many FGA's in the paint is an irrelevant stat. IIRC, Howard alone was fouled something like 9 times in the paint that led to FTs in that game and only had 1 FG attempt on those possessions because he was shooting FTs.
No, the Dubs were not more active in the paint than the Spurs or Nuggets. Not even close.