Yo dog. Almost all is forgiven.
Yeah we were ticked off after that defensive blunder in Game 5. You let your teammates down when you let Robert Horry loose at the three-point line when the only play that could have beaten you was Horry loose at the three-point line.
You let the city down because it loves this team more than anything else. And you let your coach down by not listening to him during the final time out. And even though Larry Brown made things more difficult for your team by his flirtation with Cleveland, he deserved more than you gave him.
But you redeemed yourself for now in Game 6 in San Antonio. Your numbers were not great (16 points, 3 rebounds). But your timing was perfect.
You took over in crunch time in the Pistons 95-86 victory over the Spurs. It may not have been your night. But you picked your moments.
And here is why you are such an enigma. The Pistons face the Spurs in Game 7 Thursday because of you. But at the same time they are not celebrating a second straight championship because of you. It shows your importance and it is another example why every time I see your face I see wild card.
Now we see why people say Sheed Happens.
No team can beat the Pistons when you are right.
You returned to the game with 5:18 remaining, your team up by four and five fouls hanging over your head. It was a difficult position but these final minutes became Sheed time.
After the Spurs sliced the lead to one you hit a jumper, then you banged in another jumper and after Chauncey Billups missed a twisting lay up you were there to mop up his miss to extend the Pistons lead to five with 1:25 remaining. And even though you were one whistle from your evening ending you made two strong defensive plays in crunch.
You were not perfect, but you fought hard to the bitter end. And I know you are probably upset with some of us but you have to understand this is what we expect from our heroes. We expect a hard nights work. You failed two nights ago. And we erupted.
Some folks went so overboard they demanded that President Joe Dumars trade you at the end of the season. They are eating their words today.
Now the city erupts again. It erupts singing your praises. You gave this town hope again.
Now it all boils down to one moment and one game.
You were not the only hero. Ben Wallace played with great energy. Rip Hamilton kept his cool long enough to score 23 points against ball hawking Bruce Bowen. And though Billups did not shoot well, missing 10 of 16 shots, he came through with big buckets to keep the Pistons inches ahead of the Spurs.
Now the Pistons are 10-0 in elimination games which is a true indication of your character. You guys are not perfect. You complain to the officials too often, you go through long stretches without a basket and you lose your composure when things look ugly.
But you find a way to give yourself a chance at the belt again.
Sometimes it is very difficult to explain the Pistons. You cannot put a finger on why they win, why they soar at just the right time.
But when you've got an enigma like Rasheed Wallace leading the way why should we be able to explain this?
Sheed Happens. That is why the Pistons live another day.
If Sheed Happens one more time then all will be forgiven.