I would like you all to try and count how many steps Tony Parker takes on the average drive, if you can even count that high. I usually am able to count at least 4.
My theory is that the refs are basing their calls on how tall a guy is. Parker is (relatively) short, so he gets 4+ steps on a drive before a travelling call. Ginobelli gets the requisite 3. Shaq gets 2. Yao Ming is not allowed to move more than 1, sometime 1/2, if they are making the calls closely. Boykin, on the other hand, can pretty much run with the ball from half court all the way to the basket. Maybe a token dribble is needed. Go little guys. I think that it will be much more difficult for the Pistons to defeat the Spurs than it was to defeat my Lakers last year. The Lakers were a great team plagued by injury and lack of discipline or any kind of moral fortitude. They had a tough Western C. finals, and in the Finals, already drained, once they started losing, it was all over. On the other hand, the Spurs are notoriously disciplined, a better team then they were last year, with Tim Duncan anchoring the team (albeit in a very boring fashion) and with the energy players (Parker and Ginobelli) having matured considerably. I would say that this Spurs team is better than the 2003 Kings, and more inspired. They would've beat the Lakers on their way to a threepeat. I think Detroit needs to play the remaining games without *any* mistakes and that San Antonio makes many, in order for Detroit to take this one. I would say San Antonio in 6, or 5 if Detroit drops the next game.