Wednesday, June 01, 2005

ITS ALL BETWEEN THE EARS FOR THE PISTONS

A number of you have probably penciled the Pistons in for the NBA Finals to play San Antonio. They are fresh off a 91-66 pounding of the Miami Heat in Game 6. And although the seventh and deciding game is at American Airlines in Miami, there are a number of factors in the Pistons favor.
The Heats' leading scorer Dwyane Wade is in pain. His right rib cage feels as if someone stuck a knife. It is an injury that would cause players to miss a week of games.
So we don't know if he will play Monday and if he does how affective will he be?
Eddie Jones and Damon Jones have cooled off and Shaquille O'Neal has not had that monster game that strikes fear in you.
But this looks like a trap -- a trap the Pistons might be laying for themselves.
Even when they were dragging the Heat around Saturday like lifeless dolls there remains a disturbing theme for the Pistons.
They cannot get their minds off the officials.
And guess what? Officials are going to make a number of calls Monday night that the Pistons won't like. They will claim they got jobbed or ripped off. They must speak their peace and move on.
Why was Rasheed Wallace getting a technical foul on a play he committed a foul on? And why did Rip Hamilton go out of his way in a blow up to slap the ball out of an officials hand because he felt he did not get a call while driving toward the basket in the second half?
This is disturbing. The Pistons are not as mentally tough as we gave them credit for. They cry like babies and often times for no reason.
There is supposed to be adversity on the road. It is supposed to be a little tougher. That is why most teams have losing records on the road and that is why no NBA champion since the 1970s has had a losing record on the road during the regular season.
The sad thing is Pistons fans have bought into this. If the Pistons lose you will scream bloody murder and conspiracy theory. Here is what happens most time in the NBA playoffs.
The best team wins. The most composed and mentally tough team will win.
That trend will continue Monday.
Will it be the Pistons?
It is all up to them.

6 Comments:

Blogger DonVitoCorleone said...

Dead on T.F. I went to the game Saturday night and it was more of the same by Rasheed. When do you ever see a guy getting a technical when a foul is called on the guy defending him? Disgraceful.

Rasheed played a horrible game, and he whined and cried all night. The rest of the team was better than they were previously, but there was still a lot of complaining going on.

As someone who has been watching these guys for 30 years, I've never seen a team cry like this. I call it the "Rasheed Wallace" disease, as they didn't do it before he came along.

I respect the guy's talent, but I don't like him because of his antics.

I'm a Piston fan, but there is a part of me that would like this team to get beat into submission as punishment for all of this.

With Wade hurt, it may not happen in Game 7. However, San Antonio is waiting patiently, and I don't care how much the Pistons cry against them -- the Spurs will slap 'em around like 'silly putty' if they resort to those tactics.

9:40 AM

 
Blogger Robbie said...

The Pistons won't lose their cool on Monday, and will win the game. When push comes to shove, the defending champions just have too much of an edge in game 7 of the eastern conference finals, not to even mention they have done this against new jersey and indiana last year.
Good riddance Shaq.

6:16 PM

 
Blogger billionaire said...

I agree with you Terry the pistons whine like little girls way too much for my liking. At the end of the day I think they will win. Nobody wants to say it but i will LArry Brown has fostered this attitude of crying about fouls if u look at earlier post game news conference. I think the score will 82 pistons Heat75.

8:47 PM

 
Blogger T Foster said...

I understand that all teams cry about officials. However, the Pistons seem to be the Kings of Whine. Before the 2004 playoffs I felt they were complaining about officials too much but stopped doing it once the playoffs began. They seemed to get things out of their system and focus at the task at hand. This year they seem unfocused even during the most critical at times. This is confusing to me. It shows a lack of discipline and Wade or no Wade they will need total focus to beat him in Game 7

2:09 AM

 
Anonymous Brian said...

Terry,

I have to agree with you, the Pistons are crying like babies. Rip running over to the official after play had stopped and knocking the ball away from the ref was completly immature.

Maybe the Pistons are overly emotional about the game. Maybe they care too much. I'll even admit my TV has taken a few blows from some terrible calls. But, get over it right? The Pistons need to play tonight with some championship composure.

One more thing. Will someone please tell Keyon Drooling, to wipe that dumb look off his face. That guy looks like he hasn't had a bowel movement in weeks.

7:40 AM

 
Anonymous Brian said...

T,

I'm suprised you haven't said anything about oh great and mighty Bill Walton's comments. Do you agree or disagree with what he said? GAG ME WITH A SPOON.

7:51 AM

 

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