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.