there's always reason to worry. Though we have the best record, we know that regular season doesn't matter comes playoff time. Sure, the team's playing well, but there are some things that every fan should keep in his mind; 1.) the PG situation Joe D's trade could hurt this team alot. Not because of Darko, but because many seem to underestimate Arroyos value. He was the best backup PG you yould have- some people expect too much from a reserve PG. You can't have 2 Chauncey's on one team. But as offensive minded this team is, it's probably gonna be in a slump whenever CB gets out of the game. He has played 40+ minutes in the last 3 games before yesterday's game. And as we have seen yesterday, the bench is far away from being able to carry any load. Hunter is not existing in the offense and Acker is just as good as you can expect someone to be when he gets drafted at #60. Shown some flashes, but that's not even close to what a championship contender needs during the playoffs. Miami has Payton, SA Van Exel, Dallas has Harris. No one wants to think about what's going to happen if CB goes down. Seems like Joe D. would only find out the hard way. At first, I haven't made any comment about the trade because I expected Joe D. to make one more move to avoid weaknesses. He didn't do it and this could kill us. Hopefully he'll find a formidable backup somewhere... Another reason why this trade sucked is, because, as Joe D. said, it was about clearing cap space. Understandable. But next season, Ben's gonna be 32 and as he lives by his strengths and quickness, it's going to become harder and harder to compete at the highest leve for a championship contender at 32 or older (the same for Sheed and Mc Dyess). So signing him to a fat long- term contract is going to more than risky. Hopefully, Joe D won't miss the traing when it's time to rebuild the team and doen't stick to long with the veterans. There have been lots of teams who did it this way and had very good teams but never won the ring (ok, we got one but we talked about dynasty!)- just remember Utah, for instance. 2.) Miami last year, the reason we advanced to the finals was because Wade got injured. Before that, he was unstoppable and killed us all alone. He has become even better this season and Miami is getting into the groove more and more. In the conference finals, no one is going to think about regular seasons records. And the longer the season goes, the better Miami becomes and they're better than last year (as we are). It's been a long time Tayshaun has shut down anyone. Maybe it's the handcheck rule that makes his defense worse from what he has shown last year. 3.) Rebounding the Pistons have been far away from being good at the boards. Got outrebounded very often which took alot of energy on the offensive end. 4.) the bench in general last year, Tayshaun used the excuse of being tired playing that much when asked why he sucked against Wade. This year, he's playing alot again (40minutes last night)and that probably won't change as Mo Evans and Delfino are still X- factors in the playoffs. The Spurs and Heat both have better players on the bench who can step up when needed. Especially SA and Horry have shown how worthy a bench can be. And remember, SA's bench has become better too by signing Van Exel and Finley!!! At last, I hope I can read this post again when the Pistons have the ring and laugh about how pessemistic I was. Or, if they fail, say to myself that I knew it from the beginning.