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As a Pistons fan in what seems like unfamiliar territory watching this seasons’ NBA Playoffs, it took me back to a time when things changed for the Pistons. You can say as fans that we are spoiled, six consecutive ECF appearance with a two Championship showings and one NBA title.  I don’t call it spoiled, in fact I call it a bit of domination.

That team of journeymen who soared to great heights over accomplished according to NBA standards. Chauncey, Rip, Wallace X2, Prince, Memo, Elden, Corliss etc… started something that didn’t suddenly come to an end.  A little bit of that special something died when the Pistons lost to the Spurs, when it looked like they were going back to back.  A little more so when Ben Wallace bolted for Chicago and the final straw was the Chauncey Billups trade.

We should have seen right then that it was over, but that’s what we do as fans.  We root and hope and we stand by our team even though we know the ship is sinking.

I remember another sinking ship called The Bad Boys.  It first started taking on water when the Pistons lost to the Bulls in the first round of the playoffs after winning back to back championships.  The release of Vinnie Johnson started the take down, and the rest is what it was, the end on an era in Detroit Basketball history. This video will bring it all back….

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9YzVTiMY48

As we hope NOT to repeat history of years of mediocrity, we have a common thread that may keep us afloat.  Joe Dumars was there through it all, let’s hope he will do whatever he can to right wrongs and start a new trend instead of following an old one.

We don’t have much longer to wait to see just what we as Pistons fans have to look forward to.

As you know by now the Pistons still haven’t been able to beat the Utah Jazz for yet another season.  This one was all about our old friend Memo, with few of the game Highlights (FSN Highlights by quarter) having to do with anything pertaining to Detroit.

Sad to say that the most exciting thing to come from the 82-99 loss to the Jazz was a missed tomahawk jam from 6 foot Will Bynum.

Video Courtesy of The NBA, The Detroit Pistons and FSN Detroit

Detroit’s lost seven in a row to the Jazz (21-15) the last one was a 120-114 double-overtime heartbreaking home loss on Dec. 19 despite getting a season high 38 from Iverson. It’s time to get that Utah monkey of the Pistons’ backs, but again they will have to try to do it without Rip Hamilton and maybe Rasheed Wallace, who is a game time decision.

Don’t count on Stuckey either, he’s said he probably wouldn’t be good to play after leaving the game early in Denver with back issues.

I know plenty of you would love to have Boozer in Detroit, you can’t deny his game or what he would bring to the team. But me….I still think he’s a bit shady. Not to mention what happened in Cleveland or the fact that he was talking about opting out of Utah a month ago, he’s not even telling his team what’s going on with his injury.

“Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor was obviously miffed Saturday because he still had not heard back from Dr. Richard Ferkel – nearly 24 hours after the Los Angeles-based orthopedic specialist performed arthroscopic surgery to clean out the damaged left knee of All-Star power forward Carlos Boozer.

“It’s surprising that we haven’t heard anything, but we have not heard anything,” O’Connor said late this morning. “We’ve called him and we’re expecting a response soon.” Via The Desert News

I hate playing Utah, but I still miss Memo. Did you know he was the money man?

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6bJ9gWWAlY

He does what he does out there…

Tip off is at 9:00 P.M. and will be locally broadcast on FSN PLUS. If you don’t know what your FSN Plus Channel listings are FSN provided us with a list. If you can’t watch the broadcast, tune into 1130 AM The Fan. Can’t do either? Follow the game on NBA.com.