Please don’t let us lose to the dreaded Miami Heat. You know that premonition I had before the series started, the one about us going down 3-1… I remember it well. 5am, woke up in a sweat… Did you really implant such a dream in me, a loyal pistons fan since before I could walk? I told everyone, the feeling I had before this series started… the unease, the sick feeling. I knew it was a sign of things to come.
The fact that the Pistons have turned into the product of our usual dominance = a bickering, finger pointing bunch is more than a shock… It’s a travesty. Where was the Guaransheed for game 4, where was the passion? In one short week, the media has gone from Motown bandwagon to the journeyman for hire bandwagon of South Beach… It’s sickening. But…. But I say, there is a remedy. Yes! A remedy!
And here it is: The 5 keys to turning this series around and accomplishing the improbable.
1. Don’t whine, just play. Take notice: REFS IN THE NBA SUCK. They do every year, every series, and every playoff. They miss calls, they are inconsistent, and it seems there is an agenda… SO… SO WHAT!? Play harder. LeBron, Shaq, and DWade are going to get every single call there is to get – what’s the answer? Instead of taking pull up shots from the perimeter, drive the lane and get to the line…. which brings me to my next point.
2. MAKE A FREE-THROW. I thought I was hallucinating when I saw Mr. Big Shot miss 2 FT’s in the first half of game 4. Am I crazy or did we used to be one of the best FT shooting teams in the league?
3. KNOCK DWADE ON HIS ASS. Let him fly through the lane and he’ll put you on a poster. Flip Saunders please invite Bill Laimbeer and Rick Mahorn to practice and have them lecture to these Pistons about protecting the lane. It shouldn’t come to that but what happened to hard nose ball. Take a Technical foul BEN! TAKE A FLAGRANT FOUL! It’s worth it if it will make AIR WADE think twice.
finally, and most importantly….
5. PLAY DEFENSE. Where is the pride? The 2 time Defensive player of the year has been clowned up and down the court, granted, he is playing against a 350lb gorrilla named Shaquile – but where is the help? Someone step up.
Rasheed Step up… get in the post and get dirty.
Tayshaun Step up… use your length on defense and stretch the court.
Rip Step up… Elbow DWade and the Glove in the face and come off a screen hard.
Ben Step up… Make a free throw and show us what defense is all about.
Chauncey Step up… You’re the team leader and the true heart of the Piston nation, you’re capable of putting up 30+ pts every night. Where is the heart?
Whether or not the Pistons win or lose this series there are going to be some serious shakeups in Motown. We have been exposed and it isn’t because of our exiled coach, or a superstar kid from Marquette, or a monster named Shaquille. We all know this team can beat Miami when they are at their best, we know it. WE KNOW IT
It’s simple really, down 3-1 because of we’ve lost HEART… and how do you find the strength to come back from the brink when nothing seems to work.
You play ANGRY. You play like the BAD BOYS you are. You knock ’em to the ground early, and show us blood… Because all a heart needs to live is blood. If you don’t believe me, ask the Red Wings – when was the last time they bled?
Eric Brown is a freelance writer born and raised in Detroit and currently living in Los Angeles, working in drama development at a major studio. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org