When I first heard Amare's comments about 'dirty Spurs', I thought it was good that he was speaking up. He was alerting the refs and others that something was happening. I thought Bowen would be more careful (remember my post about 'best behavior'?) and the officials would be more alert and call fouls on dirty plays.
I was wrong on both accounts.
The officials punished Amare.
Bowen got away with just about everything short of murder.
The Spurs in general got the benefit of doubt, and some of those were not even doubtful/questionable situations.
Duncan always gets a free ride by the officials (noncalls) but at least he is not a dirty player. This time the refs bent over backward to keep him in the game by transferring his fouls to other Spurs players. They actually changed their calls so that Mr.Duncan would continue to entertain the local fans.
Even TD admitted that Amare's comment gave his team a little extra something for this game.
I did not think that Amare's comment would influence the game in such a strong negative way, but I think it did.
What are your thoughts?