Center – Shaquille (Shaq Fu) O’Neal vs. Ben (Body) Wallace
Round 1 – Shaq – 26 points on cheap elbows and bad breath, with only 6 rebounds and one block from someone whose 7’1, 340 pounds.
Ben – 14 rebounds and 2 blocked shots to go along with 2 steals.
Body has always given Shaq problems on the block, this game will be no different. Even though Shaq won’t say it in public, he knows what Ben does to him.
Advantage – Body
Power Forwards – Udonis Haslem vs. Rasheed (Sheed) Wallace
Round 1 – Haslem 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 quick fouls.
Rasheed – 21 points, 12 of them from behind the three point line.
Haslem caught the Pistons off guard last time, he’s now able to hit a 10 foot shot, wow! Sheed just abused Haslem on the inside and outside, the same will happen today.
Advantage – Sheed
Small Forwards – James Posey vs. Tayshaun (Prince of the Palace) Prince
Round 1 – Posey – 2 points and 5 rebounds.
Tay – 13 points and 2 blocks.
Posey has some real issues trying to score on Tay last time. He is used to bullying his way to the basket but with Tay defending him, he gets shut down. That makes Posey a non factor in this one.
Advantage – Tay
Shooting Guard – Dwayne (I’m a model) Wade vs. Richard (Rip) Hamilton
Round 1 – The Model – 33 points and 9 assists.
Rip – 25 points and 9 assists.
The Model brought his A game to the table the last time these two met but even Michael Jordan knows one man cannot win a ball game. Dwayne was voted a starter for the East All Stars which should have went to Rip. You know Rip knows that, and he’s going to play his best game this year to let the voters know that they once again made a huge mistake.
Advantage – Rip
Point Guard – Jason (J Dub) Williams vs. Chauncey (MVP) Billups
Round 1 – J Dub – 20 points 5 assists and 3 steals.
Billups – 30 points and 7 assists.
Advantage – Billups
Benches – A. Walker, A. Mourning, G. Payton vs. Dice, Hunter, Delfino, Mo Evans
Round 1 – Heat – 12 points, 6 rebounds.
Pistons – 13 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists.
Both coaches played their starters for most of the game the last time they met. Neither coach will do that this game. The benches should be a huge factor in this game.
Advantage – Pistons
Coaches – Pat Riley vs. Flip Saunders
Riley 0 Flip 1
Pat Riley is really starting to wonder if he did the right thing by wanting to take the glory away from Ron Jeremy, oops I mean Van Gundy. Pat is probably kicking himself right now for putting together all of these egos, including his own. Flip is quietly building his legacy in the NBA with these Pistons and he’s going to show people that he is one of the brightest coaches in the game.
Advantage – Pistons
Don’t expect this one to be close at all. It should be over by the end of the 3rd quarter. The Pistons are going make the world take notice that they are witnessing one of the greatest TEAMS in all of sports.
That’s all for now, but I’ll be back with my picks for All-Star weekend.
IN SHEED WE TRUST!