PISTONS TO FINISH ANOTHER MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
They simply cannot lose.
I don't care if the Pistons fall behind by 20 points tonight with eight minutes remaining, they cannot lose.
I don't care if Tayshaun Prince, Ben Wallace and Chauncey Billups break their legs on the way to SBC Center tonight in San Antonio, they cannot lose.
This is Game 7 of the NBA Finals. It is a one-game shoot out and conventional wisdom says the home team Spurs enjoy an edge simply because they are at home. They are healthy and know they have the ability to crush the Pistons.
Tim Duncan is a super star. Manu Ginobili is one in the making and they play defense almost as well as the Pistons.
But none of that matters.
The Pistons cannot lose.
Oh yes, they can lose games and lose quarters. They can get trounced by opponents for long stretches. They can go scoreless for 6 minutes, be clueless for 10 minutes and scream at officials for 2 hours, but they simply cannot lose a best out of seven series.
Do you know what the Pistons are? They are like Jason in Friday the 13th. You blow torch the man, you stick a knife in his heart and you drop him in the bottom of the ocean. But he raises one more time for one last moment or one more sequel.
This is the Pistons. They've had more funerals than Morris the Cat. Yet they stand again against the Spurs.
Did you know that over the last two playoff runs the Pistons have trailed in five series after three games or beyond? They've lost precious home-court edge in seven of the eight series and been one game from elimination three times.
And every time they face death Ben Wallace goes wild or Billups gets hot. Every time you are about to flick them off Rasheed Wallace turns heavyweight contender or Lindsey Hunter finds the fountain of youth and begins harassing men half his age across the court.
This team is mind boggling. One moment you want to strangle them. In the next moment you scream how unprofessional and unfocused they are. And then this magical switch flicks on and they become the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s.
They won't die. They cannot die.
They rise one more time to claim their rightful crown.