Let's remember, the Pistons were a mostly .500 ball club until they got Rasheed in like Feb 2004. That is when they went into high gear winning lots of games. In 2004/5, they matched the previous season's record, despite getting the benefits of champ whistles, insane home court etc. They took a lot of games off, and played down to the competition. It became all about the playoffs. Then they barely beat the Heat, and the writing was on the wall. In 05/06, it became all about the regular season, as they were convinced they lost to the Spurs due to home court (read: officiating) and the excuses were on. Cue fantastic regular season, and absolute beat down ECF to the Heat who simply out muscled and out hustled them. The reality of the Dumars Pistons is that it was a squad that played its best ball for about 4 months, and created a 6 year legacy.