Or maybe they're just playing better...? Look, I'm as big on the Celtics and as down on the Lakers as one can be, but a team with Nash, Kobe and Howard is going to start playing better at some point (despite the injury to Pau and the abominable D'Antoni choice). They win a few games and all of a sudden Stern is trying to force them in? Slow down. Yeah, the Lakers, Heat, Knicks, Celtics (much to your shock), Bulls, etc. are going to be on the right side of some bad calls. But I bet you the FT differential in last night's game was more the skill of the Lakers, and the skill of guys like Kobe to draw fouls, as a previous posted mentioned.