|Tell-Tale Signs That Miami Represents the East in the Finals.
||[Jun. 2nd, 2005|11:48 pm]
Rasheed just sealed the deal by going off post-game on the referees when the reality featured the Pistons beating themselves by blaming the referees in a Game 5 that was not the fault of the refs.
Larry Brown looks like Phil Jackson did this time, last year.
Ben Wallace never looked Larry in the eye in many of the second-half time-out huddles.
The Pistons spent a game they couldn't afford with a style of offense that was all-individualistic.
Larry Brown failed to reel them in and focus them on beating Miami instead of the refs.
The Pistons are a Jekyll and Hyde team, by nature of offense. On some nights, everything hits the rim. On other nights, everything swishes.
Keys to Detroit in Game 6: Larry Brown and Ben Wallace.
I understand Ben received an elbow in the jaw from Shaq, but when Ben's not into it, neither is Detroit.
Larry's been fueling the Pistons' focus on the refs by his own comments. It's built up to this. This one was clearly not the fault of the refs, and it's one of the first times that Detroit can't see reality.
When a team can't see reality, part of the problem is a failure on the hands of the coach.
This is the first time in quite a while where I don't believe Detroit has what it takes to advance.
They have to expect Miami to bring 100 in both of the next games, and they have to expect that the referees will call everything against Detroit.
If they fail to accept reality, then Miami will tip-off in about a week's time with San Antonio.
Detroit . . . outside looking in.
I only hope that they realize it tonight and adjust because they watched Los Angeles do it to themselves.
All the signs are there. Can Detroit see them?