You read the papers this morning and hear how thin the Pistons are up front after the trade of Brezec. They got 6'7 Max and 6'9 AJ after that, at least until they sign some dinosaur off the street. That wouldn't be that big of a deal except for the fact that there's a good chance they'll have to go against CLE (Bron Bron) and BOS (Pierce) to get out of the East. They have one player capable of guarding him in Prince. Let's be positive and say they get by the Cavs. They would probably need at least 6 games to win the series. How many minutes is Tay playing going into the BOS series, 44,46? I can practically see the missed shots, the air balls, stunting potential runs while the announcers say things like, 'Wow, Prince continues his cold shooting!' and showing his 3-19 cumulative shooting totals. There's Tay backing his man down in the post, taking the shot clock to 1 missing another 2 footer. (Luckily, they'll probably only run that play 15-20 times in a row to close out games.) Who else can help guard those guys, Rip or CB? Considering the 3 of them seem to tire more quickly that my grandpa, I am not considering that area a strength either. Maybe they're just hoping that they won't have to play them both? That doesn't really mesh with Dumars' big "No Excuses" speech from the start of the year, does it? These guys aren't rich by accident. Trot out some rookies or pseudo rookies and most will only see the positives of what they may become ignoring the structural deficiencies of this team. If Flip Murray were a rookie we'd be buzzing about his explosiveness, his ability to get to and finish at the rack. Put a few years on him and the verdict comes back differently. I guess this is a long way of saying, it is tough to figure who this team is built to beat.