While Simmons is completely clueless when it comes to baseball, I find his views on basketball really spot on most of the time.
Here, he makes a LOT of sense.
Plus, he publishes some choice e-mails commenting about the sorry-arse officiating.
I think while I've pretty much become convinced that there isn't a "conspiracy" to fix games, I DO think that the NBA does seem to have a tendency to put officials in the situation to tilt the game a certain way (specifically a la Bennett Salvatore).
That's not the same as fixing games, but it DOES increase the likelihood of a certain team winning.
I don't watch many NBA games (mainly because of a lot of the problems I see that Simmons has outlines), but Game 5 was pathetically officiated, IMO.
The Heat was getting call after call on touch (or phantom) fouls while the Mavs weren't getting anything (until the last 5 minutes or so).
I can definitely see though why people think that the fix was in. I just find it kind of implausible. Putting in the bad refs so the home team gets a lot more calls so that there's a more "competitive" series? I can see that, though.