I think the main difference is the offense. The bench is a bit better but still not settled. The team is playing with more motivation due to last year's loss. But I would say we would be no better than 4-2 with last year's offense. It is not just shooting the three--we take jumpers in rythym. We now use players to their strengths. Take Sheed. he is scoring inside AND outside. Tay shoots the ball instead of that pump fake that fooled no one last year. Tay posts down low but not all the time. Chauncey goes off when he wants to go off--could be early as well as late. Rip pulls up and shoots. Remember some of those Indy finals games where he tried to take it in all the time and miss under pressure or when he tried to become a passer and throw it away? We rarely post Ben unless there is a mismatch. This does not guarantee a championship, but the new offense is very encouraging. Playing the Pistons has become all that much tougher now that teams know they can also score.