I think that it will be much more difficult for the Pistons to defeat the Spurs than it was to defeat my Lakers last year. Â The Lakers were a great team plagued by injury and lack of discipline or any kind of moral fortitude. Â They had a tough Western C. finals, and in the Finals, already drained, once they started losing, it was all over. Â
Totally agree. With Karl Malone playing, the Lakers would have won that series in 6 or 7. I hated Malone growing up, but he really did hold the Lakers together last year. When he went down, it was like when Bryon Scott went down. Until that point, the Lakers hadn't lost a single game in the playoffs that year but ended up losing to the Pistons in the Finals. Frankly, I find the Pistons over rated. They beat a Lakers team last year that was missing Karl Malone. This year, they beat an Indiana team that had their best player, Ron Artest, suspended the rest of the year. And, Indy's best player on the court, Jermaine O'Neal was injured. Then, they played a Miami team where their best player Shaq was injured and was only 70% healthy. If Shaq had been Shaq, Miami would have easily won that series. And, Detriot also needed Dwade to get hurt as well. If he had been healthy the entire series, Miami ends up winning. For the Pistons to win, they'd need Duncan, Ginolbi, or Parker to get injured.