READY FOR ANOTHER BLOW OUT?
AUBURN HILLS -- There are certain things in life you simply cannot explain.
How can a series be both close and lopsided at the same time?
The Pistons and San Antonio Spurs found a way to make the impossible happen. The series is tied 2-2 after the Pistons dismembered the Spurs 102-71 Thursday night at The Palace in the most uncompetitive deadlocked series in NBA history.
The two teams have smacked each other around in games that have been decided by an average of 21 points. The Pistons and Spurs remind me of Big Time wrestling where combatants took turns pounding each other into submission.
There have been more blowouts in this series than on the Lodge Freeway.
How do you explain the Pistons making the Spurs look like the Bad News Bears at The Palace after the Spurs made the Pistons cry Uncle twice on the Alamo?
And how do you explain old man Lindsey Hunter (17 points and five assists) being the best player on the floor for long stretches? You should see Hunter before games. He limps in like Fred Sanford, hunts for aspirin and finds a dark place to go to sleep.
He looks more like the night security guard than an NBA player.
But no one could lock down Hunter on this night. Here he was looking like Isiah Thomas, the man he was supposed to replace as a rookie back in 1993. He symbolized the Pistons because this was an effort victory. The Pistons from their youngest players to old man Hunter had more jump than the Spurs.
There are two thoughts as we move to Game 5 on Sunday. The Pistons were tired in the first two games. Now they appear fresher and ready to move mountains. They were also very professional in their actions.
They've embarrassed the city with their ridiculous attacks on the officials. But Thursday their conduct and playing were equal things of beauty.
Now we must wonder if the Spurs are those washed up beauty queens that wear too much make up. The Spurs look good at home, but they sure do look like a bunch of hags on the road.
Even though this series is uncompetitive there is a rainbow in all of this. You just never know what is going to happen from night to night. Every game is a mystery. Of course we know who murdered the butler by the first chapter but the book is still worth reading. At least they are keeping us on our toes.
Now it is a three game series. Let's hope this is an intriguing series right up to the last blow out.