posted by T Foster at 11:08 PM
We showed up and did what was needed to win.We need to get even more tough against San Antonio.
I feel more relieved than excited over this victory right now. At one point during the game, I just realized I'm sick of seeing Alonzo Mourning and Udonis Haslem. This was such a frustrating series to watch, with the Pistons playing so up-and-down, mentally checking out and worrying about officiating in some games, while finally sharpening their focus when it was needed. Now that the Pistons are back in the finals and can win another championship, maybe the mental lapses and cries for respect will finally be locked away and these guys will play hard for a whole series.
I think Detroit overcame alot tonight. Ben Wallace played great on Shaq and threw down that Supanasty Muscledunk, Rasheed's attitude and his put back on Tayshaun's miss, and Chauncey did what we knew he would do at the end, deliver. Too many ticky tack fouls when guarding Wade but the refs finally called travels and push-offs on Shaq so really no advantage either way. Detroit showed toughness when it counted and Big E played defense despite his questionable offense. Remember my prediction 84-81? I was secretely hoping with 19 seconds left that Billups would miss his free throws... Just kidding, go Pistons!
I must say, the Pistons were a little lucky to not have to face a healthy Dwayne Wade in both 6 and 7...he proved that he could really take over games earlier in the series, and I was glad to see he couldn't go. I don't mean to wish an injury on anyone, but in this case I think it really did make a huge difference.Next come the Spurs, and I feel that this is going to be a very tough series for the Pistons to win. While the Pistons are a very good 'team', the Spurs take it to another level...very complete. Going to be fun to watch.http://www.tigerstalk.com
Could TNT have been any further up Miami's ass? First it was Marv saying Shaq had "shattered Ben's psyche." Then when it was pointed out that Shaq's numbers weren't that great, he was "obviously hampered by the thigh injury." Then the overlooked Shaq goaltend on Prince, leading to the sickening Dwyane Wade lovefest and video comparison to Willis Reed. Then when Detroit came back, a list of all the Heat injuries to explain it.TNT covered their bets on Miami both coming and going. If they won it would be proof of their superiority, if they lost it was due to injuries. Okay, fine. But when you compare Wade's 12-point quarter with a sore rib to Zeke's 25-point quarter on one leg, YOU HAVE GONE WAY OVER THE LINE. UTTER BS!I hate those jerks, and even the knowledge that they're already lining up excuses for Miami does not diminish my unalloyed pleasure at the implosion of their marquee matchup. Pistons Basketball!
So good to see pistons recover from that ever familiar funk in the 3rd and 4th. Billups needs to do a better job at keeping things on track. But there is nobody in the league I'd rather have the ball in the 4th. Great coaching by brown tonight, although I have questioned him a lot this series. Rasheed kept himself relatively in check, will need to do this the rest of the way. First Pacers, then Heat... but this series against the Spurs might end up being the ugliest of them all. I am expecting a bogged down series, games with very little flow unlike vs Lakers last year. We will love the drama and intesity, but the average fan might find it unwatchable. ABC can't be happy. Remember Spurs vs Nets 2 years ago? - RPB
The Pistons got lucky because of a less than Dwyane Wade.. There was no way you could have beaten us(Miami) w/o these injuries. No chance in hell!!! Dan Lebatard
I don't think it'll be nearly as ugly as the Spurs-Nets series two years ago. Both Detroit and San Antonio are much more efficient in the half-court offense than New Jersey has ever been since they started "contending" a few years ago. Ginobili and Parker are also considerably improved from two years ago (and they were good enough to win the NBA championship that year). Beno Udrih, Brent Barry and Robert Horry give them solid minutes as reserves. And if we're lucky, maybe we'll get to see Tony FREAKING Massenberg, the Jesse Orosco of the NBA.I think it'll more resemble the Detroit-Indiana series from last year--which wasn't all that pretty, not because of horrible offense (hey to Jason Kidd's legendary 3-19 FG shooting in big games), but because of great defense.
Besides the fact that Alonzo Mourning lost, the second most exciting part of beating the Heat was creating the classic series that will be the NBA Finals. The San Antonio matchup creates some of the most intriguing one-on-one matchups across the board, including the coaching duel. Looking forward to it...
Yea. I will say Pistons in 6. I have called this series all season, I actually have for probably the last 5 years, even when the Pistons were rough. It's my dream series. The Spurs have been my 2nd favorite team forever, cause of David Robinson.This is gonna be a great series and the teams gotta play their 'A' games.Tonight's victory was sweet. Dwayne Wade was fine, Shaq was fine. He's always hurting and the media or someone makes excuses for him. It's part of the game....get Arnie or Abdenour on your staff. Though the better team one. Miami honestly impressed me more, I underestimated them, I won't lie. The Pistons had some lazy moments and didn't control emotions they should have. The McDyess kink in the leg scared the crap out of me and I dropped my head when it happened and just prayed.***Though to speak the truth, I believe the Pistons can win if they don't slack and play to their level, I also think they can take Parker out with Billups and Hunter, which would be key. Tayshaun will have to be big, and I think Bruce Bowen can give Rip hell, let's hope we stay healthy. This will be a great series....but continuing on that theme of THE TRUTH....I really am just waiting to see Eva Longoria at Game 3 or 4, or bumping into her at a bar around town and trying to get her to come home with this young 21 year old stud in the Elden Campbell jersey...lol....Terry, if ya get any scoops on Eva, fill us in....or at least share the wealth!lol
Pistons showed why they're the champs. Composure and poise. They overcame subpar offciating...again.Thank goodness this series is over. I'm tired of listening to biased TNT commentators, looking at suits from 35 years ago, mid-quater split-screen reports about some team doctor in game 7, and 4 out of every 5 replays being a Miami highlight.And some more reasons to be thankful this series is over. No more looking at Keyon Drooling's dumb-confused face, Damon Jones creating "space" with his leg while spraining his ankle, Dwayne Wade flopping and crying for a call when he misses a shot, Shaq taking the 7 step program, and Stan Van Gundy pointlessly yelling into a microphone in press confrences.Now we get to look forward to our Pistons in the NBA Finals, excuses from the Miami sympathizers, and yes, AL MICHEALS!!! OH! And half-time reports with Bill Walton! GAG ME WITH A SPOON!
While the haters will continue to make excuses, they are only that...excuses.Back to Back Eastern Conference Champions has a nice ring to it, eh?Scoreboard, Van Jeremy..Scoreboard, Flexzo Mourning.Scoreboard, Snaq O'Meal.On to the Alamo!My heart says Pistons in 7.My head says Spurs in 7.Go Pistons!
The Pistons once again dodged a bullet. I am still waiting for them to play a team that is fully functional. Clearly looking at game 7, with Wade healthy, the Pistons would have lost. You can look at the numbers and see that. Furthermore, against San Antonio, the Wallaces, McDyess, and Campbell will not be able to get away with the 2 hand check foul. (the only way they can keep Shaq under 40 points)against Duncan.I predict San Antonio in 4 or 5. San Antonio thoroughly impress me with their speed against Phoenix. They can play half court or up and down basket ball.Spurs in 4 or 5
Key Questions for Next Series1. Will Ben Wallace be able to recover from being severly out played by Oneal?2. Will Rasheed be able to uncharacteristically control his emotions in a physical series?3. Will the Pistons be able to shake their new identity as the crybabies of the league when calls don't go their way?4. Who will Bruce Bowen frustrate into a bad series or gametime meltdown?
Terry I will take the props for calling score 87 to 82 since u did ask for game 7 predicitons. However, I noticed something that you said would happen on the radio. The pistons were never going to get respect whether they won or lost. What I am hearing now is well If D Wade was 100 percent or if the team was 100 percent then the heat would win. To hear that makes me wonder what it takes to be a sports personailty. If the pistons lost we would here overratted and our championship was a fluke. The best analogy I heard and I agree with is the pistons are like the partiots You think it is luck but at the end of the day there taking the prom queen home. Now that we are going to face this beast I am going to have to do some research But I am thinking San Antonio ( extremely shaky pick ) will win. As you post I will respond and I may change my mind.
"If healthy..." Bla, bla, bla...Heat Fan, isn't it interesting how every year in the playoffs, another team takes a crack at Detroit by attempting to play the way Detroit does...defensive intensity, execution, boards galore... And, always, ALWAYS, a "key player", or two or three or five, as in the case of the Heat, are "affected by injury" on the other side. Miami needs to look itself in the mirror and get guys who can play hurt, healthy, whatever. Your team is talented, yes... but not tough between the ears. That takes time to develop. Show some class, realize that the future is bright with DWade there, and take your medicine.
anonymous is right - Marv Albert is pathetic - Miami scores: "YESSSS!!!!!!!!"Detroit scores: "prince for two."FIRE HIM!!!!!Detroit will never get the props they deserve when the national media hates them!
bla blah blah blah blah... no respect. When will you Piston fans understand that you earn respect. The vast majority of the NBA audience has observed the Pistons beating teams without a healthy roster. The Pistons are suspect.You earn respect by not just making it to the finals but beating the best competition. Granted, they can only play who is in front of them. But that does not negate the fact that they have struggled mightily against numerous teams that don't even have a healthy roster. Therefore, the lack of respect and "props" is warranted.Respect???....They will get it when they earn it.
The_REAL_Right_Way said... Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh!!!!Why would we want your respect, anyway?Respect is overrated, anyway. Show me the ring, baby.
With regard to the comment about Marv Albert...When you listen to George Bla Bla for your commentary on a consistent basis, you will likely be annoyed by a more worldly commentator that calls games outside of the local area.Case and point, when Tayshaun got the rebound and dunked it, Marv got excited. The fact is most NBA aficionados get excited when there is something to get excited about.That two hand chest pass isn't going to get the regular fan up off the seat of his pants.
They earned their respect by winning one NBA championship, and going to back-to-back championships.Continue to make excuses for Wade and O'Neal's injuries. When will you morons realize that part of a full season in any professional sport is CONDITIONING AND DURABILITY.The Pistons play their starters more than most teams, and they've been able to handle the load and continue to win. Their durability earns them the right to beat teams that can't stay healthy.There's no award for winning in 4 games instead of 7, as long as you keep going. The championship is about 16 wins, not about having the best winning percentage. While most people think the NBA is about style, they forget that teams don't get style points.If the "best" teams can't stay healthy, and can't beat supposedly inferior teams, then they clearly aren't the "best" teams. Sure, injuries can be misfortune, but when Wade hurts himself handling the ball...I swear. It's obnoxious reading and listening to people's comments that can't just look at something for what it is. A WIN IS A WIN. A LOSS IS A LOSS. THE SKY IS BLUE. THE GRASS IS GREEN.
Great job by the Pistons last night. I was covering a game so had to watch sportsline.com's updated box score while I was in the press box. Nonetheless its DEEEETROIT BASKETBAAAAAALL.I live in Corpus Christi, Texas, about 140 miles from San Antonio and checked into Finals tickets...lol, TOO expensive - 200 bucks a ticket plus 65 parking. As a Piston fan this close to S.A. I stick out like a sore thumb and have already heard plenty of trash-talking. Oh well, I have confidence in the Pistons. My prediction: Detroit in 7.
We've talked a lot about respect on here. As I said on the radio it will never come. But who cares?You all know folks outside of here think Detroit is a hell hole not even worth fighting for.We should not care. Now I will fight for my city and my home town on the radio and national television. But the hell with outsiders. Just enjoy the runs, the rings and the parades. No matter the situation we've all we've got anyway. Stick together and enjoy the run.
I am already hearing that this series is going to be a dud because of the defense the two teams play. I love defensive games and offensive games. It does not matter to me. I simply love the drama that comes out in each game.
People make fun of the way the Pistons play offense. But guess what? People are trying to copy it.I went to the Mike Brown press conference in Cleveland and all the Cavs brass talked about was the Pistons, Spurs and Heat. They want to play defense like those three teams -- especially the Pistons.The Pistons might do it the fun way in some people's eyes. But they are doing it the right way.
I'm not terribly worried about Ginobili going off on the Pistons.He hasn't had to face a tough defensive team in the playoffs. Every Spurs game I watched, he was able to do as he pleased on the offensive end.Made me think of the Heat-Wizards series; Wade was able to take it to the hole for a layup darn near any time he wanted to, and he dominated. Although he was impressive in the EC finals, the Pistons were at least able to keep him from going to the rim at will, and were much better at containing Wade than the Wiz.
farmlegend...I thought the San Antonio v. Seattle series was pretty good. While Seattle is not a premier defensive team they got after San Antonio.As far as Wade is concerned the Pistons contained him only slightly better than the defensive minded Wizards. Wade averaged 31 against Washington and 28.2 against the Pistons. Keep in mind he was at about 50% in one of the games against the Pistons.
Wrong, rightway, Wade averaged 25.8ppg against the pistons. Don't have the data handy, but I'm sure he also shot a substantially higher fg% against the Wiz.
farmlegend...You're right total was 25.8. However, remember he was pulled from game 5 and didn't play in the 4th quarter where he had consistently racked up points going to the line. Also, in game 7 he was less than his normal.The 4 games prior to being injured he averaged 30ppg. Right up there with his performance against the Wizards.
"the Heat-Wizards series; Wade was able to take it to the hole for a layup darn near any time he wanted to, and he dominated. Although he was impressive in the EC finals, the Pistons were at least able to keep him from going to the rim at will, and were much better at containing Wade than the Wiz." "the Pistons contained him only slightly better than the defensive minded Wizards" For the record, Wade shot 44% from the floor against the Pistons, vs. 54% against Washington. Given that he jacked up 125 shots against the 'stones, that's a dramatic difference. The reason: against Detroit, a much higher percentage of his attempts were jumpshots, which are not his strength. Against the Wiz, he was getting more layups and dunks.
farmlegend...Wade strenth is his all around game. He take it to the rack or, he has an excellent jump shot inside the three point line.
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