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    [Detroit Bad Boys]


    The Clippers and Grizzlies have a lot to lose for

    Two weeks ago today, Matt posed an interesting question: what circumstances would ever prompt a team purposefully lose?
    If you recall, the impetus behind the question was a a blog entry by Mark Cuban posing a hypothetical scenario regarding the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Well, Cuban's hypothetical has played [...]

    Inflatable Ben in action

    We introduced you guys to the Inflatable Defender a couple of weeks ago, and today there's an interesting article about the product and the company behind it in the Detroit News. Neal Rubin spoke with Lee Lynch, president of PlayAir, about the inspiration of the product. Lynch had a lifesize cardboard cut-out of Michael Jordan [...]


    [Need4Sheed]


    Vote Chauncey

    Go show some love to Chauncey and Vote for him in This Fox Sports MVP Poll.

    Right now he's in 4th place behing Kobe, Lebron, and Nash.

    [USA Today]


    Catalytic conversion of 'MVP' steers debate to Billups
    by Ian O'Connor

    Chauncey Billups was traded three times before his 24th birthday, and dumped twice more before his 26th. He was once moved in a deal that brought back Zeljko Rebraca, a fact that would normally earn Billups a lifetime ban from any MVP debate at your sports bar of choice.

    He has never scored 81 points in a game. He has never plucked a quarter from the top of a backboard. He has never been within a million miles of any Next Jordan conversation.

    "People told me I was a bust," Billups said by phone. "They told me I'd end up in the CBA or overseas."
     
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    [The Oakland Press]


    Pistons take a rest
    by DAVID BIRKETT

    MILWAUKEE - They didn't win, but they didn't get hurt either, and with 81 games in the books and the playoffs on tap this weekend, that's all that really mattered.

    Fearing injury and wanting to rest his regulars heading into the postseason, Pistons coach Flip Saunders gave 40 percent of his league-best starting lineup the night off Monday.

    So even though the Pistons lost their final regular-season road game in a rout, 113-93 to the Milwaukee Bucks, there was plenty of cause for celebration in the visitors' locker room
     
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    Chauncey Billups On Quite Frankly

    I just got an email from someone who attended today's taping of Quite Frankly with Chauncey Billups and they said it was going to be airing tonight. I'm not sure if it's true the QF website doesn't mention it but I thought I would pass it along just in case!


    [Blue Collar Blueprint]


    And now the time has come
    by Eli Zaret

    The regular season is over and on we go to the playoffs. Our final TV 20 games were with the Magic, Knicks and Milwaukee and there were thought provoking elements in each of them.

    What got me about Orlando was the change in Darko Milicic. He stopped by the hotel the day of the game to see his old teammates and seemed so utterly happy. It was a stunning change. I rarely saw him smile at all in Detroit. He brooded here, unable to accept his role on a championship caliber team. He’s still a kid, and he needed to earn his playing time. I believe he was treated fairly here, but lacked the maturity to accept the situation.
     
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    [Detroit News]

    Pistons Notebook: Playoff opponent doesn't matter
    If Indiana and Chicago win their games tonight, the Bucks would fall to No. 8. If the Pacers win tonight, Indiana would finish sixth and play New Jersey in the first round. If the Pacers lose and the Bulls win, the Pacers fall to No. 8.

    If the Bulls win, they can place no lower than No. 7. But if they lose, and Indiana wins, the Bulls land at No. 8.

    Go with a Piston if you want to win your league
    The Pistons have been the best team in the NBA all season, have played with a chip on their shoulder and have something to prove. That is a trifecta of terror for opposing teams, and you would be a fool not to ransack the Pistons' roster in search of guys who can help you win the playoff fantasy league. Anybody want to pick against them in the East? Didn't think so. With players going four rounds, it should be a fantasy bonanza.

    Green gets second chance
    In one moment, one move, one he's made thousands of times, life changed. Forever.

    But Willie Green, a graduate of Detroit Cooley and the University of Detroit Mercy, isn't one to look back and wonder what if.

    [Detroit Free Press]

    Pistons' first-round opponent still up in air
    The NBA regular season ends today, and while the Pistons have already wrapped up the No. 1 seed -- and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs -- their first-round Eastern Conference opponent has yet to be determined.

    Pistons Corner: Spotlight on bench as starters take a break
    "Thursday, no one's going to know what anyone's record is, and it all starts," Saunders said after Monday's loss in Milwaukee. "So it's the same thing -- keep sharp, not get anyone hurt, be in a situation to go out and to have some success. You want to put yourself in a position to have a game and give our young guys another opportunity to play in this situation."

    Fans are thrilled Red Wings, Pistons enter playoffs on top
    If Wings games at the Joe are a repository for the area's blue-collar ethos, then Pistons games at the Palace are all strobe lights, fire and revelry. As loud as it is, there's always been a seen-and-be-seen quality in Auburn Hills, where the Pistons are 37-3 this season. It's a party, where local and sometimes national celebs get face time sitting courtside.

    It's ironic, really, that the Wings are known for slick, European skill and that the Pistons are known for carrying a lunch pail -- the team's brightest star is defined by a construction hat and a sledgehammer. Then again, his fans say, that's what makes Ben Wallace so Detroit, and the Pistons a positive symbol of the city.

    [Washington Post]

    Pistons Are Not Sweating Losses
    (Registration Required) The most pressing question about tonight's game at Detroit: How interested will the Pistons be in the outcome? Detroit already has locked up the top seed in the Eastern Conference as well as home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

    In NBA, Prep Stars Go from Boys to Men
    Stern said the opportunity to play in the D-League would help keep "the young underdeveloped kid" from "doing nothing but being a tourist." Detroit Pistons guard Amir Johnson, a rookie out of Los Angeles's Westchester High, actually asked if he could be sent to the D-League. "Sitting down all the time, I wanted to get some runs in," said Johnson, who has played in just two games this season. "I thought it was good for me to go down to get a little learning experience. I'm skipping a whole level without college."
     
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    [ESPN.com]

    What this season has taught us
    (FREE!)#9: Detroit devil deal. The Detroit Pistons have either the greatest fitness staff in history or a deal with the devil. Their top six guys have missed zero games because of injury, not counting Rasheed's brain cramps. -- ESPN.com

    #19: Bandwagon-ass cats. No players -- or fans -- carry a chip on their shoulder quite as well as those in Detroit. Even when the media showed the Pistons some love, Rasheed Wallace spat back, not ready to forget and forgive the lack of respect he'd been feeling: "We'll see them bandwagon-ass cats come May and June."

    [TrueHoop.com]

    http://www.truehoop.com/
    Marcus Davenport is a young school teacher (as a 31-year-old, I consider 28 young) who spent $30,000 of his own money shooting 72 hours of the most incredibly raw Flint basketball footage you can imagine. He had a camera from Best Buy, and a 1993 Grand Am with a bullet hole in it, and he talked to everybody he could get his hands on who knew anything about Flint basketball. AAU coaches, high school coaches, historians, Pro-Am players, NBA players, high school players, and guys in the park.

    [Detroit Bad Boys]

    On Basketball Statistics
    DBB reader Karl tells us why statistics can't explain what Joe Dumars knows. I've long been a fan of studying statistics in baseball, and I think basketball could learn a lot by tracking more interesting stats. But building a successful team will always also require a healthy amount of plain ol' intuition, which luckily Joe D. has proven to have.

    [Need4Sheed.com]​

    Vote Chauncey Billups 4 MVP
    Ok People, Chauncey is now in second place by a hair. Send it on to everyone you know, let's get the people at Fox Sports and around the country to know that Pistons Fans Love Mr. Big Shot!
     
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    [Booth Newspapers]


    Resting starters won't impact Pistons in playoffs
    by A. Sherrod Blakely

    AUBURN HILLS -- The comparisons will be made between the NFL playoff collapse by the Indianapolis Colts after they rested a number of players near the end of the regular season, and the potential for a repeat of that with the Detroit Pistons resting some starters.

    However, there are a couple of significant differences.

    "The difference between the Colts and us," said Pistons coach Flip Saunders, "is they play one game a week. They don't play three games in four days. We're kind of in a different kind of situation."



    [The Oakland Press]


    Bell is an NBA 'feel-good' story
    by DAVID BIRKETT

    A Birk's Eye View of the world of sports (micro: Pistons stuff too!):

    Milwaukee Bucks guard and former Michigan State star Charlie Bell won't win the NBA's Most Improved Player award, won't even be in the discussion, but to suggest there's someone more worthy of the honor is silly.

    Bell has been one of the feel-good stories of the league this year, rising from the ashes of the Euroleague to become a productive, integral part of a playoff team.

    He scored 13 points in 20 minutes against the Pistons on Monday and is averaging 8.5 points and two assists a game with six surprising starts.


    Pistons mark time once more
    by DAVID BIRKETT

    AUBURN HILLS - One more game and then they count.

    The Pistons close the regular season tonight against their second straight playoff-bound opponent, the Washington Wizards, and for the second time in as many games they'll show nothing and risk no one.

    Pistons coach Flip Saunders said he'll deploy a similar rotation to the one he used in Monday's 113-93 loss to Milwaukee, when rookies Jason Maxiell, Alex Acker and Amir Johnson combined for 33 points and regulars Rasheed Wallace, Richard Hamilton and Lindsey Hunter did not play.

    "It's the same thing," Saunders said. "Keep sharp, not get anybody hurt, be in a situation to go out and have some success."
     
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    [San Antonio Express-News]


    Mike Monroe: No. 1 Pistons top NBA story

    Monroe The NBA's regular season ends tonight, and experts seem to believe the defending champions are vulnerable in the second season.

    We know this because the ABC/ESPN NBA experts said so during a pre-playoff media teleconference Tuesday.

    Spurs stars Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are not entirely healthy, so it is understandable that analysts Hubie Brown, Mark Jackson and play-by-play man Mike Breen question the Spurs' ability to repeat.

    Never mind the 62 victories they take into tonight's finale in Houston.

    [Reuters]


    Ex-Knick Frazier predicts Spurs-Pistons title rematch
    By Larry Fine

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walt "Clyde" Frazier, the Hall of Fame point guard who led the New York Knicks to NBA titles in 1970 and 1973, expects this year's playoffs to produce a rematch between San Antonio and Detroit in the Finals.

    "Look for a little deja vu," Frazier said, predicting another showdown between the Spurs and Pistons.

    "But look for a little twist this year because the Pistons have home court advantage and that might be enough to catapult them to the championship."

    The Pistons, champions in 2004, lost in seven games to the Spurs in the 2005 Finals, dropping the finale in San Antonio.

    Frazier, a TV commentator on Knicks broadcasts, eyed some potential surprises.


    [Indianapolis Star]


    Will it be: Nets? Heat? Pistons?
    Pacers won't know playoff opponent until tonight
    by Mike Wells

    Five months ago, who would have thought that the Indiana Pacers would be battling to avoid the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the playoffs?

    The Pacers figured they would enter tonight's regular-season finale against Orlando battling the Pistons for the Central Division title and priming for a run to the NBA Finals.

    Instead, they are entrenched in a numbers game in which they could finish as the sixth, seventh or eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

    Their first-round opponent won't be determined until later tonight, but they know it's one of three teams: New Jersey, Miami or Detroit.
     
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    What do Carlos Delfino and Che Guevara have in common?

    The least politically correct reason I've come across for why Carlos Delfino should be playing over Maurice Evans.

    Why we love Big Nasty

    Remember when Corliss Williamson used to fill the current Antonio McDyess role as the first big off the bench? Of course you do, it wasn't that long ago. He was good at it, too, winning Sixth Man of the Year in 2002. Now the poor guy is wasting away at the end of the bench [...]
     
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    Detroit produces the top teams in both the NBA and NHL
    By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer

    DETROIT (AP) -- Hockeytown or Hoopstown?

    Detroit is both.

    The top teams at the end of the NBA and NHL regular seasons are from the same city for the first time, with the Pistons and Red Wings combining to pull off the feat for the Motor City.

    "It's always cool to be a part of anything that hasn't happened before," Joe Dumars, the Pistons' president of basketball operations, said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press. "This is a great sports town, and the fans around here are about to really have some fun following both teams."

    The Red Wings ended the regular season Tuesday with an NHL-best 58 wins, and the Pistons closed Wednesday night against Washington, entering the game with an NBA-best 64 wins.
     
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    [Detroit News]

    Pistons pumped for postseason
    The Wizards won, 96-80, ending the Pistons' regular season with a loss.

    The game was meaningless for the Pistons. But by the end of the evening, they knew they'd open the playoffs against the eighth-seeded Milwaukee Bucks at 7 p.m. Sunday at The Palace.

    Hamilton becomes triple threat
    Saunders credits Hamilton's improvement from beyond the arc to a few factors. Hamilton has improved his accuracy by 13 percent over his career average.

    "One difference in (what) Larry (Brown) did offensively, compared to what we tried to do, their offensive philosophy was throwing from the wing to the top to drive the ball to the bucket," Saunders said. "Our philosophy is to swing the ball and get the ball to the weak-side corner, and that's where a lot of Rip's three-pointers just happen to be, in those corners."

    Detroit would make history with twin titles
    No teams from the same city ever have won NBA and NHL titles the same year. No teams from the same city even have entered the playoffs with the best records in those leagues.

    Both the Pistons and Wings are favored to win championships, which could make June a dizzy month for parade-planners.

    [Detroit Free Press]

    Finale dull, but future exciting
    The Wizards might have won, 96-80, but if they expected Detroit to lay down at the Palace, where they won 37 of 41 games this season, they were wrong. The Wizards trailed much of the first half and, even in the fourth quarter, at one point only led by six.

    Home cookin' makes Pistons prohibitive favorite
    Last June, on the last pregame bus ride of the season, the Pistons talked about playing the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7. You would expect that, of course; they were about to play the Spurs in Game 7, so what were they going to discuss -- knitting? But here's the catch:

    As they rode to the game in San Antonio, the Pistons talked about playing the Spurs in Game 7 at the Palace. Somebody wondered out loud: Wouldn't that be nice?

    Mitch Albom: Big Ben's last stand?
    Don't try this at home. Ben Wallace takes his left wrist in his right hand and squeezes. The wrist shifts, making a soft cracking noise that sends a shiver down an observer's spine.

    And that's his good hand.

    [More depth than usual with Ben - check it out.]

    Milwaukee draws unlucky short straw
    The Pistons are headed for a first-round playoff series with Michael Redd and the Milwaukee Bucks. This series is a repeat of the first-round meeting two years ago, the season the Pistons won the NBA title.
    Game 1 will tip-off at 7 p.m. at the Palace and will air nationally on TNT.

    [Washington Post]

    Wizards Take the Fifth
    The Wizards (42-40) wrapped up the fifth seed and set up a playoff meeting against fourth-seeded Cleveland with a 96-80 victory over a watered-down version of the Pistons on Wednesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

    With home-court advantage throughout the playoffs wrapped up, Detroit point guard Chauncey Billups, a most valuable player hopeful, watched the game from the bench in a suit and Coach Flip Saunders sat his other starters for the fourth quarter.
     
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    [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

    Bucks' fate: Crazy 8
    When the Bucks beat Detroit on Monday at the Bradley Center, Pistons regulars Rasheed Wallace and Rip Hamilton stayed in the locker room, while starters Ben Wallace, Tayshaun Prince and Chauncey Billups each played less than 20 minutes.

    The Bucks will have no such luck when the Pistons trot out their lineup for the playoff opener this weekend at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

    [HoopsWorld]

    The Spurs = Title Last Night = Yes the NBA Title!
    The Spurs won the NBA title last night.

    Yes, I know it was only April 17, and the road to the finals and crown may be treacherous, but in reality, only one formidable and former champion team legitametely [sic] stands in their way, i.e., the Detroit Pistons.

    [Milwaukee Bucks Diary]​

    Bucks fans can be hard to please; Billups the best: just ask him;
    Bucks-Pistons playoff history

    I just saw Chauncey "I loves me some ME!" Billups on the usually incredibly lame "Budweiser Hot Seat" interview Wednesday on ESPN's Sportscenter. (To avoid a commercial fraud charge they better have some Budweiser for the guests because the seat certainly isn't hot. Its so powder puff it makes the seat on the Larry King Show feel like it has a butt warmer). I'm still laughing my ass off.
     
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    [MLive.com]​

    Wizards 96, Pistons 80
    The top-seeded Pistons (64-18) just wanted to avoid injuries before a first-round matchup with Milwaukee, and it showed. Chauncey Billups watched the game in a suit, and his fellow starters were on the bench in the fourth quarter.

    "Everyone is healthy and ready for the party," said Richard Hamilton, who hit just four of 13 shots in 21 minutes. "That's good."

    Full-Court Press: Pistons get Bucks; playoff schedule
    Game 1 Sun., April 23 Milwaukee at Detroit 7:00 PM TNT
    Game 2 Wed., April 26 Milwaukee at Detroit 7:30 PM NBATV/TBD
    Game 3 Sat., April 29 Detroit at Milwaukee 8:00 PM ESPN
    Game 4 Mon., May 1 Detroit at Milwaukee TBD TBD
    Game 5 * Wed., May 3 Milwaukee at Detroit TBD
    Game 6* Fri., May 5 Detroit at Milwaukee TBD TBD
    Game 7* Sun., May 7 Milwaukee at Detroit TBD TBD
    *if necessary
     
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    Hi Mom

    Reason 4990 why I Love Rasheed Wallace. Only Sheed would do this!


    [Detroit Bad Boys]

    'Zards top Pistons, foreplay finally ends

    The Washington Wizards had something to play for on Tuesday night, and it showed. They achieved a season sweep of the Pistons with a 96-80 win at the Palace and solidified their slot as the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.
    There really isn't much that needs to be said about this game [...]

    Mitch Albom talks to Ben Wallace

    Mitch Albom has an outstanding article about Ben Wallace in today's Free Press. Here are a couple of highlights . . .
    On his decision not to re-enter the Orlando game:
    "What I was saying was, 'Look, if we're not gonna play to win the game … there's no need to put us out there,' " [...]
     
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    [The Oakland Press]


    Billups gets his chance to rest
    by DAVID BIRKETT

    AUBURN HILLS - Rasheed Wallace and Richard Hamilton were back in the Pistons' starting lineup Wednesday, while MVP candidate Chauncey Billups took his turn on the bench.

    Billups and reserves Dale Davis and Maurice Evans were inactive for Wednesday's regularseason finale against the Wizards.

    Like Monday's decision to rest Wallace, Hamilton and Lindsey Hunter, health was the primary concern in Wednesday's benching of Billups, the player the Pistons can least afford to lose heading into the postseason.


    It's time
    Pistons play Bucks in the first round
    by DAVID BIRKETT

    AUBURN HILLS - The white uniforms might as well have been white flags.

    With the playoffs days away and nothing to play for, the Pistons left little to chance in their regular-season finale Wednesday, benching MVP candidate Chauncey Billups and barely allowing fellow starters Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and Ben and Rasheed Wallace to break a sweat.


    [Detroit Bad Boys]


    Wistful fans in Washington

    The Wizards may have swept the season series with Pistons, but some of their fans still feel a little jilted thinking about what could have been:
    Watching the Pistons is kind of like having all 3 of your ex-girlfriends show up at a restaurant at the same time, 15 pounds lighter and with breast implants, while [...]


    TBJ hands out the hardware

    J.E. Skeets and Tas hand out the hardware at The Basketball Jones. Read on to see their picks for Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player, Skeets' favorite soup, etc.


    [Need4Sheed]


    A Magical Pistons Season

    With all the playoff predictions I am sure you have been reading, all you need to know from me at Need4Sheed is that The Pistons are unstoppable. As hard as last years loss to the Spurs was and how confident I was in our team last year, this year has far exceeded anyone's expectations, except maybe the Pistons themselves. Just look at what they have accomplished this season.
     
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    [Detroit News]

    McCOSKY: Saunders adjusted to Pistons culture
    Because he is the one unknown quantity when it comes to the Pistons and the postseason, coach Flip Saunders might be in for some undue scrutiny over the next couple of months.

    Title or bust
    Greatness, for this Pistons team, is not defined by a franchise-best 64-victory regular season, or by a 39-5 start, or by winning a fourth division title in five years. ?Greatness, as Rasheed Wallace will tell you, is defined only by 'ships -- championships.

    Pistons aren't overlooking Bucks
    "They're a good team, man, no doubt," Hamilton said. "Michael Redd is a great scorer who can really hurt you if you don't guard him right. We're going to have to play tough to make sure he doesn't get off on us."

    Five aces are Pistons' trump cards
    What used to be up for debate is now accepted as a general truth -- the Pistons have the best starting five in the NBA, and perhaps one of the best in the history of the game. There might not be the one definitive star like so many other productive teams have had, but this five-man unit has redefined team play in the modern era.

    Intensity level increases
    As expected, rookies Amir Johnson and Alex Acker were left off the 13-man playoff roster that was submitted to the NBA. Rookie forward Jason Maxiell , along with veteran center Kelvin Cato , made the final cut.

    Predictions: Will the Pistons reclaim the title?
    Terry Foster: San Antonio's hurt. New Jersey and Miami are frauds. There is only one real team in the playoffs -- the Pistons. The Pistons won't run roughshod over these teams, but they clearly will show they are the best team in the game. The Pistons will beat Dallas in the NBA Finals in six games.

    Eastern Conference matchups
    Rasheed Wallace, PF, Detroit: The regular season is pure tedium to Wallace. He gets so bored, he invents little challenges for himself. He'll stand beyond the top of the key with a ball in each hand. He will release them simultaneously and, with more regularity than you'd think possible, will make both shots. That's how talented he is. He usually unleashes the full range of his talent in the playoffs. He is one of the best big-game players of his generation.

    [Detroit Free Press]

    Pistons prep for Bucks
    "Guys are definitely feeling good right now," Billups said. "We made it here healthy; that was our main goal. ... We're feeling great right now. I think there's a little extra pep in everybody's step today."

    Master Mechanics: New coaches get most from Wings, Pistons by fine-tuning, not overhauling
    The first time Flip Saunders was around his players, he was stunned by their looseness. Their laughter. Their joking. Their loud music.

    "And I asked Joe (Dumars), 'Is it always like this?' And he said, 'Oh, yeah, you won't know the difference between an exhibition game and Game 7 of the Finals.' "

    [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

    Bench better be good
    Detroit coach Flip Saunders has pointed to the Bucks' depth as something his team must contend with, as the Central Division champions begin a march they hope will lead to the NBA Finals for a third straight season.

    Charlie Bell, Mo Williams, Dan Gadzuric, Joe Smith and Toni Kukoc allow Bucks coach Terry Stotts some flexibility when starters wind up in foul trouble or are ineffective.

    Not much expected of Bucks
    "Underdog isn't even the word to describe us," forward Andrew Bogut said after practice at the team's training facility Thursday. "I don't know what we are. I mean, we're under-under-under-underdogs."

    Experts say Bucks in no-win scenario
    You can find a few network television broadcasters who think the eighth-seeded team in the Western Conference, Sacramento, will be a tough matchup for No. 1 San Antonio in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

    But you can't find anyone who thinks the eighth-seeded team in the East, Milwaukee, will be any kind of a problem for No. 1 Detroit.
     
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    [Need4Sheed.com]

    Quite Frankly Chauncey Billups; A Magical Pistons Season;
    NBA Playoff Bracket; Hi Mom

    As hard as last years loss to the Spurs was and how confident I was in our team last year, this year has far exceeded anyone's expectations, except maybe the Pistons themselves. Just look at what they have accomplished this season.

    [Detroit Bad Boys]

    Under-under-under-underdogs; NBA Playoff Bracket Pool;
    Wistful fans in Washington

    Watching the Pistons is kind of like having all 3 of your ex-girlfriends show up at a restaurant at the same time, 15 pounds lighter and with breast implants, while you're dining with the mediocre girl you've been dating to help you get over a cold streak.

    [5 Point Bucks]

    Be careful what you wish for and a playoff preview
    Now we will face the inevitable conference champs, Detroit. Once again, to recap why the why the Bucks match up well with the Pistons.

    [Milwaukee Bucks Diary]

    Bucks Players' Production Versus Detroit
    How does each Buck do in relation to his regular output, when it comes to playing the Pistons? We broke it down into Outproducers and Underproducers. We will break down each of the players and their roles in the next couple of days, but here are the numbers for this season.
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    roscoe36 All-Star Administrator

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    Series: Pistons vs. Bucks


    [CNN SI.com]


    Eastern Conference Secret Weapons
    #8 is our guy!



    The whole world's watching
    Playoffs sure to test regular-season success stories


    Unforgettable
    Playoffs bring time to reflect on season's memories
    Pistons gets props, with a caveat. The ring, that's the thing.


    [ESPN]


    NBA sets attendance record for second straight year

    Once again, the Pistons (unofficially) lead the NBA in attendance. Does anyone know the first year the Pistons lead the NBA in attendance? I'll post the answer tomorrow.
     
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    Bucks draw tough foe
    FIRST ROUND: Milwaukee is 1-3 against the playoff savvy Pistons.

    by COLIN FLY

    MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Milwaukee Bucks were all smiles at practice Thursday, even after seeing their worst-case playoff scenario come true the previous night.

    Indiana and Chicago won Wednesday night while Milwaukee watched, leaving the Bucks with the eighth seed and a first-round matchup in the Eastern Conference playoffs against the Detroit Pistons, with the NBA's best record.

    "We've got to move on now and deal where we're at," Michael Redd said. "We're in the playoffs, that's a good thing. If we weren't, that would be a bad thing."

    In fact, it could be a blessing in disguise for the Bucks, the only team in the playoffs with a losing record at 40-42.

    Milwaukee, up and down all season, struggled down the stretch as the pressure built, culminating in a head-scratching home loss to Atlanta and a road defeat to Washington on Tuesday night.

    Now, there's no pressure with a roster that has little playoff experience and even less postseason success.


    [The Vancouver Sun]


    NBA seeks talents of Canadian coach for playoffs
    by Cleve Dheensaw

    VICTORIA - The hotels on the road are decidedly more upscale than they were in Canada West with the University of Victoria Vikes. And the players certainly get paid more. But hoops is hoops for Ken Shields of Victoria, who has joined the Milwaukee Bucks as consulting coach for the National Basketball Association playoffs.

    For those of you keeping score at home, Victoria, British Columbia is where Steve Nash hails from. Beautiful city.



    [The Macomb Daily]


    Tavern owners stock up on beer, munchies for playoffs
    by Mitch Hotts

    Macomb County bar owners and sports fans are fully prepared to cheer on the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons as each of the teams enter elite playoff rounds this weekend.

    For the first time, both the Pistons and the Wings have secured the best records in their respective sports. That has created high expectations from their fans.

    "We love both teams, but I'm obsessed with the Pistons," said Chelsea Rivard, 21, of St. Clair Shores, who was wearing a Tayshaun Prince No. 22 jersey.
     
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    This is a great video clip with Rip and Salley talking about the 'important stuff' like can this years Pistons team beat the Bad Boys. Get it while its hot cuz it'll disappear soon.

    This is a link to the home page where the video clip link resides.
     
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