There is nothing more important in the NBA than home court advantage. It's that simple. It's the reward for competing every single night in the NBA. It's critical for game 7 of the Finals as much as it is Game 1 in round 1. The 90s Knicks enjoyed their fair share of calls because they sat in the top 4 seemingly every year.
Now we know this isn't March Madness, where if you play one poor game your season is over, but if you play poorly in game one and lose said home court advantage, it can make for a longer road to the eventual goal. The more games played the more wear and tear a team goes through.
Yesterday, the Pacers played a perfect game for 45 minutes. They were making shots, taking charges and pulling down rebounds. They let Derrick Rose get his and defended well in other possessions. Then they stopped making shots. The problem was they weren't getting to the foul line, while Rose, himself, attempted more FTs (21) than the entire Pacer team (17). The legend of Joe Crawford struck again when he branded himself on the game in giving a technical foul to Pacers coach Frank Vogel after blowing an obvious foul call. Of course, when the Pacers did get to the line they didn't do themselves any favors, case in point was Darren Collison missing a different technical free throw given to Deng for pushing Tyler Hansbrough midway through the 4th quarter. The Bulls went on a 15-1 run after that.