As fans we want fire and brimstone. We feel entitled to huge effort 100% of the time from players. But someone's going to have to explain something to me. Is Flip supposed to scream at the players because they don't take a game against Orlando seriously, when they're 11 games ahead of anybody in the East? Is he supposed to fine and bench guys because they only won 6 out of 7? Or is he just supposed to tell them that the Magic said bad things about their mamas? * Doug Collins coached the way some fans would like Flip to coach. But Doug Collins isn't coaching anybody anymore, because he didn't know when to ease off. * Chuck Daly is a saintly figure here, but anyone who was around in those days knew that the Bad Boys took games off. And Chuck has always said that players let you coach them. Yeah, it's irritating to watch the team slack off. But that's human nature, and the important thing is what they do in May and June. If the Pistons do that in the playoffs, I'll chip in for the tar and feathers myself. Otherwise it's good to keep things in (God forbid!) perspective.