I have to eat some crow on Miami. I couldn't think of a basketball reason for Butler to head to South beach. Their financial spreadsheet didn't look great and they didn't have any true stars yet. Bam has really blossomed and all of their role players have bought in. Now Miami is an even easier sell for the next few years. The beach and weather don't hurt, but Miami has made it even more clear how important having a well run organization is to attracting championship level players.
The league won’t have any of Miami winning it ain’t happening I’d bet my life savings on it. That and Miami just doesn’t have a superstar and this league favors those guys. Expect Bam to be in foul trouble simply from being around AD when he falls for no reason
Let's just say that I believed that the league/refs wanted to rig the playoffs, to make sure that the lakers got to the Finals. I don't believe that, but let's just say... They're there, now. The league has gotten the maximum amount of ratings/TV revenue out of the lakers/LeBron that they're going to get, this season. There's literally no further incentive for them to help the lakers win, at this stage.
But, accusing the league/refs of conspiring to make sure that the lakers win is a handy way to ensure that, no matters in the series, you get to be right. Like I said, a heady play.
As Joshua wrote the Refs took Bam out of the game with early foul calls that should have been non-calls. The Lakers have two of the top 5 players in the NBA. They don't need the Refs help but they do get it.
If you want to believe that those foul calls made the difference, you go right ahead. My point of view on this is, admittedly, pretty binary: if you are subject to some questionable calls, and you lose by two possessions or less, and you want to blame the refs? Sure, I'll hear you out. If you lose by double-digits, you're just whining.