[Miami Herald] Wade's aim: Make bad time better 'I'll never forget the looks on the players' faces after the game, after being up with 1:27 left,'' said Wade, who will carry that memory with him into tonight's opening game in Auburn Hills, Mich., where the Pistons and Heat meet again for the Eastern Conference title. DAN LEBATARD: Will the real Pistons, Heat please stand up? The feeling around Heat-Pistons has changed as dramatically as Michael Jackson's face. Detroit, owner of the NBA's best record, has had its aura of invincibility wiped away in the past five games. Miami, herky-jerky owner of a 2-12 record against division winners before the playoffs began, has morphed into something mighty in a single series. What is real here and what is illusion? Riley's grand plan gets put to the test Only now, after 10 months of doubts and debate, do we begin to know the answer to the question that has shadowed and dogged this uneven Heat season: Was Pat Riley right? Shaq provides pregame hype ''Every team that plays us plays above their heads,'' he said. ``That's because of me. "They want to beat the Don Dadda.'' Shaq, aka Superman and The Big Aristotle, is now referring to himself by a term popularized by a Jamaican DJ. Pistons elect two-headed Wade stopper If it's not Richard Hamilton, it's Lindsey Hunter. Both will be primarily responsible for defending Dwyane Wade, and both have been fairly successful at keeping him out of his comfort zones in critical portions of the game. [South Florida Sun-Sentinel] IRA WINDERMAN: Pistons in 7 -- Because that provides ample wiggle room, with the thought here that only homecourt advantage slides the scale in Detroit's favor. -- Because Detroit has won eight of the last 12 meetings dating to April 2005. -- Because it is hard to find any single statistic that shows why it shouldn't be Detroit. IRA WINDERMAN: Heat is rested, healthy and ready for a Detroit rematch The Pistons return virtually the same core that rebounded from a 3-2 series deficit last season to close out the series on the Heat's home floor. The Heat returns not only with new starters in forward Antoine Walker and guard Jason Williams, but with Riley having moved from the front office back to the bench. "I mean this is what everybody expected," power forward Udonis Haslem said. "I guess this is what everybody wanted to see. It's time for the games everybody wants to talk about to happen." [Palm Beach Post] Heat-Pistons: The rematch MIAMI — Heat center Shaquille O'Neal was asked this season what it would take to make the Miami-Detroit series one of the NBA's great rivalries. "A fight," he replied with a straight face. He was kidding, but as the Heat and Pistons open their second consecutive Eastern Conference finals series tonight at The Palace of Auburn Hills, the seeds for one of those memorable NBA rivalries could be taking root. O'Neal is ready for a return to the Shaq Attack days Listening to him Monday, and knowing that Miami hasn't played since wrapping up a spot last Tuesday in the Eastern finals, you get the feeling that a good, old-time Shaq attack is due at the Palace. Fewer rest breaks. More shock and awe. No excuses. "Shaq wants to win a championship," said Pat Riley, the man who brought the game's most intimidating force to Miami for macho moments just like this. "That's what he is all about. That's what he came here for. He's healthy, Dwyane's healthy, so let's go for it." Pistons load up to face O'Neal Saunders is ready to call on a couple of 6-foot-11 insurance policies the Pistons obtained this season specifically for an anticipated Eastern Conference finals against the Heat and Shaquille O'Neal. "Throughout this year he's mentioned that that was one of the keys for me, to be ready to play Miami," veteran Dale Davis said Monday. Davis has played 16 1/2 minutes in 12 playoff games. Kelvin Cato has played 15 minutes. Both will be ready if 6-9 Ben Wallace, the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year, or 6-11 Rasheed Wallace or 6-9 sixth man Antonio McDyess struggle or get into foul trouble.