STARS KEEP GOING DOWN TO PISTONS. IS TIM DUCAN NEXT?
If I am Tim Duncan I am worried. Something bad is about to happen.
The Pistons are coming to town and that can only mean bad news for San Antonio's super star power forward.
When the Pistons travel they pack black magic, voodoo dolls and evil spells. Big names fall when the Pistons roll in during the playoffs.
In the last two playoff seasons we've seen Kenyon Martin, Jermaine O'Neal, Jamaal Tinsley, Shaquille O'Neal, Jason Kidd and Dwyane Wade either miss games or be limited because of physical injuries. And in the 2004 NBA Finals we saw an entire Los Angeles Lakers team implode.
Wade was the latest victim. He played well below 100 percent in Game 7 after injuring a rib cage doing a cross over dribble in Game 5.
A cross over dribble?
Are you kidding me?
What's next Robert Horry going down doing a set shot?
Wade tried but was a shell of himself. He could not attack the basket with his usual zest and his mediocre defense became a liability. Still, he gave a gritty performance and in time will play for an NBA championship. He is that good and that determined.
Beware Tim Duncan. Some bad injury is right around the corner. I don't know what it is but something will happen to the Big fella at some point of the NBA Finals which begin Thursday in San Antonio.
The naysayers will say the Pistons are lucky to be in their second consecutive NBA Finals. And they are right. But weren't the Boston Celtics lucky when Adrian Dantley and Vinnie Johnson cracked domes in the 1987 playoffs? Weren't they lucky again when Isiah Thomas threw that ill advised pass in the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals?
That is sports. We always talk about match ups, but we seldom factor in good old fashioned luck as a factor.
That's because you cannot predict luck. You cannot predict when a hamstring will snap or a team will bicker with one another on a national stage.
The Pistons are like a steam locomotive. They simply go where the track carries them. And if something is in the way they roll through it to their destination.
It is not their fault that others have blown motors and aching joints.
You play who they throw in front of you.
It is refreshing to see the Pistons in the Finals again because a number of national media were ready to call last year's title a fluke.
It was not. It was legitimate because last time I checked 16 teams began the playoffs and only one survived.
The Pistons do not need to talk about validating or anything like that. They are in the Finals again because they belong.