I doubt it as well. But anyone that seriously believes he wants to punish them because ticket holders didn't get to see Duncan, etc. is out of their mind. He could not give less of a fuck about that.
Like I said, they've done this before. He only wants to punish them because they did it on a Thursday night with no other games on at that time, on TNT, against the Heat.
Say tonight was their 4th game in 5 nights, and they were playing the Bobcats, and Pop sat all the stars. Stern wouldn't give a shit, and neither would anyone else.