Monday, June 06, 2005

WHO WILL WIN GAME 7? YOU TELL ME

You've heard enough from me. This is Game 7 tonight in Miami.
You know I feel the Pistons mental state is the most important factor in winning or losing tonight. It is even more important than Dwyane Wade's health.
But I want to hear from you. Write me and tell me who will win tonight and what the most important factor will be.
This is your chance to post and look like a genius.
What will happen and why?
Hit me.

39 Comments:

Blogger Kevin Antcliff said...

Pistons in a nail-biter.

This team has a way of showing up when you least expect, and vanishing when they can least afford it.

I don't think a lot of people really think they can pull it off tonight. I understand that, and I see where they're coming from. That said, it's the old cliche' rambling "we play best when our backs are to the wall."

They probably shouldn't win tonight, which means they probably will. They have a way of suprising you.

90-87 Pistons.

10:56 AM

 
Anonymous Brent said...

Assuming that Dwayne Wade plays and plays somewhat effectively...
If the Pistons pass the ball on offense they will win.

If they run clear outs for #1 and/or #32 they will lose.

Of course if D. Wade doesn't play, they should be ashamed if they lose.

11:00 AM

 
Anonymous Tony Hamera said...

Pistons in a blow-out (or at least by 8-12 pts). The Heat looked dejected in the last game and may be running out of gas. Wade will only be 60-70% and Shaq has been a non factor. The ONLY way the Pistons lose is if they don't show up AT ALL (like game 3) and give the game away. Its theirs for the taking.

11:11 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It'd be a shame if they lost, everything's in their favor right now. I was gonna say 90-87, but Kevin stole my thunder. I agree, a nailbiter.

11:19 AM

 
Blogger WTFDetroit.com said...

I think we've seen the best of the Heat and the worst of the Pistons.

I'm not a "blame the refs" kind of guy at all, but how the game is called will undeniably be a factor. If the refs let them play, we win.

I want to say Pistons 105-87, so I will.

11:28 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LB said that he doesn't want his players to play like they are afraid to lose.

I think LB should take some of his own medicine - if Sheed or Ben get two early fouls, I don't want to see them yanked out of the game. It sends a huge psychological message to the players with one foul that they can't trap and they can't defend in the lane.

LB can't coach scared. If he coaches like last year's Finals series ("...You guys can have any shot you want...") by empowering them, we win big.

San Antonio or bust...Out.

11:28 AM

 
Blogger the sports dude said...

I predicted the Pistons in 7 back before this series started, you can check it out on my blog if you like. Also, I posted there this morning on my thoughts about game #7. Naturally I am going to pick the Pistons, but this game is going to come down to the wire.

Look, Wade will play, but how much and what can he give? Just ask Scottie Pippen - aka "the migraine" - if Wade doesn't play some then it will follow him his whole career.

The game is there for the Pistons to win or lose. Miami's two best players - Shaq and Wade if you didn't know already - are nowhere near 100%. There can be no more excuses for these guys, it is there for the taking. The question is can the Pistons take advantage of it? Only time will tell, but I hope the answer is "YES".

Check out the rest of my thoughts at my blog if you get the chance, I would appreciate you checking it out if you get the time. Thanks and keep up the blog yourself, I have spread the word about you and everyone is glad that I did. Later!

Deeeeeeeeeeeeetroit Basketballllll!!!!

11:35 AM

 
Anonymous Nathan said...

It's a joke how much better the Pistons are than the Heat when they give at least 85% effort (see their 3 wins in the series).

It really all depends on what side of the bed they woke up on.

They should win 3 out of every 4 they play against this awful Heat team, but I don't know if they'll care enough today to play.

I'll pick the Pistons strictly based on the fact that I'm a fan, and that I'm hopeful they will come out awake tonight.

11:51 AM

 
Blogger billionaire said...

As I see it I pick the pistons i say 87 to 82 I think the fact that the heat don;t have the experience plays a major role.

12:31 PM

 
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12:31 PM

 
Blogger Ian C. said...

The Pistons seem to lose focus when they know they can afford to. But there's no room for that in a Game 7; thus I think they'll be sharp. There shouldn't be any concerns about effort, and hopefully, there won't be any pleading for calls tonight. Respect will be won by winning this game.

Detroit always has one of those games when no shots go in, but I think that's out of their system. Pistons 97, Heat 89.

2:04 PM

 
Blogger tensilver said...

My Vision- Slow, nervous game for the players on both teams. The rims will take heavy abuse. The pistons will win. Final Score = 84 - 81 Detroit.

2:22 PM

 
Anonymous Andre said...

I think that it will be the Pistons. If D Wade is not healthy, which its obvious that he won't be, he won't be able to get himself into the lane and cause havoc for the Pistons defense which is the real reason that they performing so bad in this series. I have heard "well he still has his playmaking ability" which is faulty logic because the rest of his game feeds off of his driving ability. I think tonight the Pistons win bigger than peopel will expect them too.

2:32 PM

 
Blogger Dave said...

Your Inferno kick-off rant hit the nail on the head: it's all in their heads. If they get the officials out and get focused they win - regardless of everything else.

But it has been a maddening post-season watching them whine and cry their way through this post-season while mailing in the occasional contest too.

Unlike last year, it's entirely impossible to predict whether they will show up focused. So who can predict this one?

If they focus they win. If they don't they lose - regardless of DWade's capabilities tonight.

3:24 PM

 
Anonymous The_REAL_Right_Way said...

The Pistons should win this game... They seem to always play teams that are not at full strength. Luck must be on their side. Last year they beat teams that really only had 3 healthy starters.

The problem is they struggled with those teams. Shaq, Jermaine O'neal, Webber, all have been severly hampered and the Pistons struggled with them in the playoffs.

So, I am predicting that the Pistons will finally lose that lucky streak of winning playing 5 on 3 or 5 on 4. The Heat will win with or without Dwayne Wade.

This will be the best thing for the Pistons because a healthy San Antonio team would expose their inability to play 5 on 5.

3:25 PM

 
Blogger $$Pryceless$$ said...

The Truth,

It doesn't matter if I'm stalking you at your store or at a Pistons game, I always keep up with The Truth.

So Pryceless says this, I believe in the Pistons. They have to play 'THEIR' game and not let officials calls get to them, because it happens.

We need to see some more Elden Campbell, because he is not only my second favorite Piston, he's a helluva player who has defended Shaq like nobody I've ever seen (Shaq has hit ONE Field Goal on him this series). It's gonna be a close game, I assume we will pull it out, but nothing is certain.

We need to take the Heat fans out of the game early I think, cause they seem like a weak crowd. That might help at least get the officials making decent calls on both ends and also lose energy in the arena.

If we limit our turnovers, shoot the ball well, rebound well and apply strong pressure to their backcourt I think we should see a win.

-Pryceless

GO PISTONS!

3:30 PM

 
Anonymous The_REAL_Right_Way said...

Nathan,

Come on... You have to be kidding. You really think the Pistons are that much better than the Heat. Shaq has been playing on one leg and the Pistons can't get it done.

When Rasheed starts clanking threes and misses about 4 and has his normal meltdown. The game is over. All the other Pistons will start whining about the calls and its over. You can't look for the officials to help you in game 7. I hope they let them play but in either case, I'm sure CRYsheed will have something to complain about.

3:37 PM

 
Blogger WTFDetroit.com said...

Here's a question to ponder over the next 4 hours.

How much will the outcome of tonight's game shape the future (both short term and long term) of this franchise?

My thoughts/more questions:

1. We know this could be Larry's last game if they lose. Is he more likely to come back if they win?

2. If the Pistons lose, will Joe be more likely to make a major personnel change this offseason than if they win?

If you think about it, some might say that tonight's game may be monumental in more ways than deciding who advances to the Finals this year.

Thoughts?

4:21 PM

 
Anonymous Nathan said...

Here is what I think. The Pistons have a much more talented team. The Heat have a much more consistent, hard-working team.

The Pistons remind me like that kid everyone knew in high school or college that didn't study, or didn't do homework, but always aced every test. Other students would sit there and put in hours of effort, assuming that they'd do better than that kid, but ultimately, he always came out on top despite his overall laziness.

That is the Detroit Pistons. They are the smart kid with no work ethic. They fall back on their superior talent, and in this series, they've also fallen back on the Heat's injury problems.

I firmly believe that had the Pistons kept their game 1 effort up, they'd have beaten the Heat in 5. There is no way to tell, and I will admit that this is a fallacious argument, considering that's not how things happened. At any rate, it is just what I believe.

I'm not going to be a total homer, though. I will give the Heat credit. As far as work ethic and effort is concerned, they deserve this series -- Detroit does NOT.

Even so, I have to root for Detroit. A fairweather fan ain't no fan at all, so I'll give the Heat their props, win or lose. And, of course, I'll support the Pistons, win or lose.

4:29 PM

 
Anonymous The_REAL_Right_Way said...

wtfdetroit.com

Good points to ponder. My thoughts, Larry is gone one way or the other. Larry M.O. is to enter a job looking for the right time to exit the job. This is clearly the right time win or lose. If they win, he goes out on top. If they lose, his medical issues won't allow him to continue. Larry is in Cleveland as we speak, he just has not signed on the dotted line yet.

I think Joe would be wise to make some moves off season. My thoughts will probably get some folks a little scared but. I think he could deal Chancey for some more depth inside. Carlos is a better point guard and will prove that over time. If the Pistons expect to get out of the East and compete with the West in the future, they need some better inside presence.

4:39 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

Tony,
Let me warn you about playoff games. There is no carry over from game to game except for injury. If the Heat looked dejected during 6 they will be refreshed for 7

4:47 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

Lets not get carried away. If a Piston gets in foul trouble LB must rest him. It is more important to be there at the end than the middle of a close game

4:48 PM

 
Anonymous The_REAL_Right_Way said...

nathan,

I disagree, I think the Pistons are the ones with great work ethic. The other teams with more talented players rely on that talent more so than the Pistons. The Pistons rely on X & O's. Rip Hamilton is the best player on the team. He could start on every team in the NBA.

I am not so sure that the others would be starters on so of the other teams in the NBA.

4:49 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

Sports Dude,
I will check your blog. If the Pistons are true champions they will win. Shaq and Wade are hobbled. They should take it. Bottom line.

4:50 PM

 
Blogger 'Eff said...

Close game most of the way, with Detroit pulling away late to win by 15 or so. I can't see Wade being healthy enough to chase Rip, and a guy with sore ribs covering Tayshaun in the post will be a disaster.

Add in the Pistons' big game experience and the fact that they aren't supposed to win a game seven on the road, and I expect their best effort of the playoffs.

4:51 PM

 
Blogger WXOU Sports said...

I believe in sticking to what I say from the start I said Miami in 7 so I'm going to stick to it.

I want the Pistons to win but for the reasons I pick the Heat in the first place. I will stick to it.

4:52 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

I am glad you got to hear my rant this morning. I was ticked off. They need to respect opponents, leave the refs alone and everything else will fall into place.
It is a simple game, but not so easy to execute. there are tangibles that need to be a champion.

4:53 PM

 
Blogger DonVitoCorleone said...

Flip a coin.

Normally I'd go with the home team in a game 7, but the Pistons will be focused (which is usually the deciding factor) and Wade is hurty.

Those factors equalize things in my mind, but it should be tight to the end.

"Pick 'em"

4:54 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

I am hearing Wade will play but he might not be able to take the ball to the rim much. If he does and does not feel pain the Pistons could be introuble. If he is a stationary jump shooter the Pistons would love that to happen. He might try to beat the Pistons with those Jordan like fade away jumpers and jumpers from the key. I dont think that is enough unless the Pistons come undone by official calls.

4:58 PM

 
Blogger Hurons said...

Maybe they should worry about game 7

Staying out late: More Pistons spotted partying on South Beach

By BARRY JACKSON

bjackson@herald.com

The Detroit Pistons continued their penchant for pre-playoff partying Sunday night on South Beach. Pistons forwards Tayshaun Prince and Antonio McDyess were both spotted partying late into the night at Opium Monday morning, less than 20 hours before tipoff of Game 7 of the Miami-Detroit Eastern Conference Finals.

Last Wednesday, the night before Game 5 in Miami, Chauncey Billups and Rasheed Wallace were partying on Miami Beach, including hanging out with Warren Sapp at JIMMY'Z.

5:20 PM

 
Blogger Detroithoosier said...

Terry, I agree with you on a lot of these issues. I really need to know if your still intrested in working with my site or not? thanks.

5:29 PM

 
Anonymous dt said...

My pre-series pick said that if Detroit plays its best and Miami plays its best, Detroit wins in 7. Bad part is I don't think we've seen Detroit's best yet.

Sheed (20-10) and Chauncey (24-8) are the difference tonight.

Detroit 95-87.

[And when the media starts up afterward with the "if only Wade was healthy" routine, please T please, remind them all of Isiah's ankle in 1988 and the VJ/Dantley collision in Boston in 1987]

6:27 PM

 
Blogger billionaire said...

here is one more point once the pistons of even the heat wins San Antonio is a huge beast waiting and if the pistons win they will not be able to act like how they acted in this series. Also I wonder if the pistons or miami plays there best I still don;t think it is enough for San Antonio

6:41 PM

 
Anonymous chris said...

terry you mentioned shaq as a shell or showing symptoms he was in the finals last year .. one game away this year and has multiple championships in the 22nd century good call on that one terry too close to call pistons in o.t

7:02 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

unfortunately, I see the pistons losing this one. the league is ready for the its next hero, and it is the likeable, friendly, hard working and tatoo-free wade. the only gripe I have so far with the refs is how they are making wade untouchable. I predict this will continue and a hobbled wade will give a so called legendary performance to lead miami to the finals. it is exactly like 1991 with mj. hopefully I am wrong.

8:07 PM

 
Anonymous The_REAL_Right_Way said...

anonymous...
Saying the refs are making Dwayne Wade "untouchable" shows a serious lack of basketball knowledge. After game one, I didn't hear anyone making those claims.

At some point the Pistons and their fans need to face reality. Miami if healthy is a better team.

8:37 PM

 
Blogger Kevin Antcliff said...

Great game. Proud to be a Pistons fan tonight.

11:05 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know, but it seems as if wade got a few "untouchable" type calls last night. Particularly on Prince's block and on Prince's post up. I think refusing to believe the NBA would give superstar treatment to a great young player that they want to promote shows a lack of bball knowledge. And since when did referees start helping players get off the floor and into their time outs?

8:07 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right Way

I got no use for your "reality." Heat wind up in the trash can with the Pacers and all the rest. You can keep that sad sorry s**t alive if you want - your choice - doesn't change the outcome.

1:14 PM

 

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