A SHOPPING LIST OF PISTONS PROBLEMS
Recently, ago I wrote about what is right about the Spurs following Sunday's 97-76 embarrassment at SBC Center.
Here is what's wrong with the Pistons.
** The Spurs are so deep and playing the game at such a high level that the Pistons become frustrated and confused. The Spurs are playing as a team, moving their feet and moving the ball. The Pistons cannot counter and are trying to win as individuals.
** They remain obsessed by the officials. This team does more barking than any team I know. They are frustrated and are playing as if they are waiting for the next whistle to blow. I believe most of their griping has been unfounded. Sunday, the officials were unfair to them, but it is not the reason they lost.
** This team has partially tuned out Coach Larry Brown. It became obvious in the Miami series when Brown told players to do one thing during time outs and they'd come out and do the opposite. This series is an indictment on the Heat who were not good enough or healthy enough to take advantage of the great Pistons divide.
The Brown courtship by the Cleveland Cavaliers has taken a toll. The players are angry with him and are no longer playing for him.
** The Pistons are missing easy shots. This could partially be mental. They know the Spurs are the best team they've faced since beginning their championship run last season. The Pistons are not relaxed. They are rushing and not thinking the game through.
** The Pistons are not as good as we thought. This is the first healthy team they have faced in the playoffs. The Pistons playoff run has been riddled with broken down bodies. Now this is a team that is healthy, fresh and superior. The Pistons are being outclassed, out hustled, out thought and will soon be out of the championship hunt.