I doubt I'm the only one that has realized this, but the Detroit Pistons in 2004 and 2005 (the NBA Finals years) were the #2 seed in the East to the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat respectively. In the past 2 years (2006/2007) the Detroit Pistons have been the #1 seed in the East. I think this might have played into the success of 2004 and 2005 and the failures of 2006 and 2007. Remember the Pistons were built on everyone counting them out and being the underdog. That's what they were when they were the #2 seed. They were the underdogs to the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat. The past 2 years they've been the #1 seed and have not been able to play as well being the FAVORITES to win it all. So no matter what happens this offseason, I think the Detroit Pistons should strive to be the #2 seed in the East, even if they have to throw games towards the end of the season. Also, I just read this article on ESPN NBA.com Pistons May Be Forced to Make Changes and if Flip Saunders is fired maybe Joe Dumars should hire the New Jersey Nets coach. He's one of the youngest coaches in the NBA and his youth and passion might run off on the players. Plus, he just said the nicest things about the Pistons organization and really respects it.