ESPN is all about highlights, and in the games you mentioned, Blake Griffin had them.
They showed Amar'e dunks as well, even them showing Amar'e giving Blake a nod at the free throw line about one of his dunks.
As far as the hate, the team has been a joke for a decade, but now we have one of the highest nationally televised game counts next season if their is one.
The team will have to match that exposure with success though.
But honestly, give me NBA TV any day over BSPN.