Maybe, this defeat was necesary to win the championship... imagine today's victory, and then in Palace on Wednesday and Sunday somehow (after an 'inevitable' loss in Miami on Friday), Pistons would be so exhausted AND complacent, that Dallas would sweep the finals probably. I think Pistons need a kind of catharsis and this Miami team offers a nice oportunity. Heat often look better (in this series) than they really are and they still need at least two chances to win a game no matter how bad Pistons play. But Pistons could ('easily' is probably not a word now) make them look worse - and that would really be BAD. They would win a (1) game with Dallas at best. There are some good things in this defeat - I think bench was good today (I like Dale Davis especially), maybe even great - cosidering oportunities, they've got so far. Another good thing is - it is about survival from now on and 'locker room issues' should fade on this background. I usually get an idea about someones personality looking at his face and regarding Pistons I like what I see (not so sure about Flip) as much as i like how they play(ed) - I simply have to believe, that they can overcome this. It may be easier for me to be calm (am I really?), since I'm not a 'native' fan (Slovenia, Europe), but I've missed some optimistic tones in recent posts, so I started a new thread (my first!).