Re: Will the Pistons Excel in the Underdog Role Like in 2004 and Use It As A Motivato I think this is a very good point that isn't made often enough. The only way to go back to that mentality is with new underdog players. I don't necessarily think it's a bad thing, but it means that the motivational edge has to come from somewhere else. It's way easier to play as an underdog with nothing to lose. When you're out in front, you have something to lose, and it's very easy to err on the side of caution to keep what you have. That's why every gold medal prospect in the Olympics has a sports psychologist. It's hard to be aggressive when you are holding on to something so tight. I hear all the time that the Pistons had tired legs this year, but I think it's also that they were playing tight. That 2004 Championship was so golden with everyone hugely underestimating the Pistons. God, and to beat that superstar Laker team. I'm so glad I got to see those games. Man oh man it was so fun to see them lock down on the Lakers in the finals.