Where does that "should" come from? Minnesota was the lower-seeded team the first six times they lost in the first round, so I don't really see how those can be characterized as disappointing losses. The seventh year, they had home court in a 4-5 matchup against the Lakers, but LA had dropped to the 5th spot because of injuries and still came within one Horry miss against SA of possibly winning their 4th 'ship in a row. And then the eighth year, they had the best record in the conference but got hit by injuries when they faced the Lakers in the conference finals. I'm not going to say that Flip achieved at an acceptable level in the past two conference finals with the Pistons--clearly, he didn't--but I don't see much similarity with his playoff record in Minnesota.