andrewww wrote:Rust_Cohle wrote:MartinToVaught wrote:Nash admitted years ago that he flopped on that play and tried to sell the call.
Horry was given a two-game suspension for that play. Meanwhile, in the Warriors/Jazz series that year, Baron Davis didn't get suspended at all for this play:
As far as the Amar'e/Diaw situation is concerned, the NBA's rulebook is crystal clear on what happens when players leave their bench during an altercation. According to Rule No. 12, Section VII, Item C:
Amar'e and Diaw violated the rule and had to face the consequences. Fans always complain about "star treatment," but then when a star (which Amar'e was at that point in his career) is held to the letter of the rules like any other player would be, fans start complaining about that too. Patrick Ewing was suspended for the same thing in Game 5 against Miami in '97, but people still act like Amar'e and Diaw's suspensions were totally unprecedented.
I'll never understand why people think that series was rigged for the Spurs. If that was the case, why would the refs keep ignoring Kurt Thomas' illegal screens and rewarding Raja Bell and Barbosa's flops? Why would they rig it for the "boring" Spurs instead of the high-octane Suns?
This post deserves 100 +1's.
Nash absolutely flopped on the play and like you said, admitted to it. At no point in that series did the Suns have the series lead and with a well rested Amare/Diaw they got absolutely clobbered in Game 6. Horry getting two games for that was an absolute joke, but of course Nash milked it for all it was worth.
I understand Suns fans being frustrated at those turn of events, but if Nash didn't go flying into the announcer's table I don't think Amare/Diaw would've stepped onto the court. Horry's play was unnecessary, but the Suns were always playing catch up in that series.
I like the Spurs. I really do. But the Spurs were playing catch up in that series, and its been documented that the league didnt like the way Suns owner Robert Sarver treated refs in general. The league plays favorites depending on the circumstances, this is not exclusive to the Spurs or any team in particular. I've always though the Suns should've won in 2007, just as the Spurs should've won in 2013.
Catch up? Against the suns in 2007? The spurs never trailed that series