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#1 Posted on 23.5.06 1001.22
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1 DETROIT PISTONS vs. 2 MIAMI HEAT
GAME 1: TONIGHT! 8PM @DET ESPN
GAME 2: THU 8PM @DET ESPN
GAME 3: SAT 8PM @MIA ESPN
GAME 4: MON 8PM @MIA ABC
if necessary:
GAME 5: 31st 8PM @DET ESPN
GAME 6: 2nd 8PM @MIA ESPN
GAME 7: 4th 8PM @DET ABC

WESTERN

4 DALLAS MAVERICKS vs. 2 PHOENIX SUNS
GAME 1: WED 8:30PM @DAL TNT
GAME 2: FRI 8:30PM @DAL TNT
GAME 3: SUN 8:30PM @PHX TNT
GAME 4: 30th 9PM @PHX TNT
if necessary:
GAME 5: 1st 8:30PM @DAL TNT
GAME 6: 3rd 8:30PM @PHX TNT
GAME 7: 5th 8:30PM @DAL TNT

My thoughts:
Pistons in 7
Mavericks in 7

See how I'm learning? Stern does backflips from all the game 7's we're seeing this year. I really don't want to see the Mavericks win, but if you can beat the Spurs, how CAN'T you beat the Suns?

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#2 Posted on 23.5.06 1009.00
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I'm going to have to go with Mavs in 7 and Heat in 7. However, these predictions are contingent on 1) Jason Terry and Devin Harris winning their mini-battle with Nash/Barbosa/Bell and 2)
'Twan Walker being an all-court threat. If all that happens, and these two meet in the finals...

Mavs in 7.
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#3 Posted on 23.5.06 1218.21
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i want to see the Heat and the Mavs too only because I do not want to see the Pistons. I love the style of team ball they play, but I would like to see some fresh blood in there.

However, there is no way Miami beats Detroit. So I will go with Dallas v. Detroit and the Mavs taking it in 6. My bigger preidciton is Cuban will keep his mouth shut about ANYTHING relating to Detroit for fear of his life. he can get away with that bush league stuff in San Antonio without fear for his life, but not in Detroit.
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#4 Posted on 24.5.06 0020.10
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BOOM

here comes the

BOOM

ready or not

Great win tonight that was mostly on the strength of The Other Guys, and mostly, it was contributions The Other Guys who were brought in for the purpose of getting to the Finals in the first place (Walker, Payton, Williams). If someone had told me that Shaq and Wade would play about 26 minutes apiece amid foul trouble and Miami would still win the game, I'd think they were insane.

Maybe I'm being greedy now, but I'd now like to see a twofer as opposed to a split. Probably won't happen, though, since it's not likely that Detroit drops 2 in a row on their home floor.
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#5 Posted on 24.5.06 1645.16
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Gotta go with the same result as last year... Suns in 6. Mrion will keep Nowitzki to reasonable numbers, and watch out for Boris Diaw, brining back the high post (remember Alvan Adams!)
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#6 Posted on 24.5.06 2322.17
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Nash looked like he was on "the clear" tonight. If his play in the previous series was due to injuries and this is the level he's going to bring from now on, Dallas is done. The game might not have been close if Barbosa had played at the level he played earlier in the postseason. Off night or his head got too big or his luck ran out?

Detroit looked putrid against the Heat during the parts of the game I saw. Miami wasn't pushing the action or getting multiple players moving, yet the Pistons weren't getting over to help and everyone was getting beaten off the dribble. On the flip side, the Pistons mostly stood around while one player tried to get room for a jump shot.
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#7 Posted on 30.5.06 0844.26
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This has to be at equal distance the most exciting and terrifying moment I've ever had as a Heat fan. Exciting because they're one win from the finals with a cushion, but terrifying because they haven't won this series yet. But they absolutely did what they had to do over the weekend to put Detroit on the ropes. But they need to take one of the next two, because if they let Detroit back into this, there's no way they lose a game 7 in Detroit.

Like I said, exciting yet terrifying.
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#8 Posted on 30.5.06 1016.56
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    Originally posted by JoshMann
    This has to be at equal distance the most exciting and terrifying moment I've ever had as a Heat fan. Exciting because they're one win from the finals with a cushion, but terrifying because they haven't won this series yet. But they absolutely did what they had to do over the weekend to put Detroit on the ropes. But they need to take one of the next two, because if they let Detroit back into this, there's no way they lose a game 7 in Detroit.

    Like I said, exciting yet terrifying.






I think the Heat better go into Detroit and knock them out quickly in Game 5. Detroit has developed a bit of a run winning Game 6's down 3-2, so it is not a good idea for Miami to think they have a game to play with in Game 5.
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#9 Posted on 30.5.06 1017.28
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    Originally posted by JoshMann
    This has to be at equal distance the most exciting and terrifying moment I've ever had as a Heat fan. Exciting because they're one win from the finals with a cushion, but terrifying because they haven't won this series yet. But they absolutely did what they had to do over the weekend to put Detroit on the ropes. But they need to take one of the next two, because if they let Detroit back into this, there's no way they lose a game 7 in Detroit.

    Like I said, exciting yet terrifying.


I want to thank Dwayne Wade for making the most amazing shot I've ever seen. That layup he made while falling and flying past the basket, backhanded off the backboard, can't get replayed enough. It was insane.

As for the series, I hope it still goes seven, but Miami hangs on to win it. This has been an amazing postseason thus far, definitely the most memorable I've seen, and I think Dallas and Pheonix are going seven so I don't want the Eastern Conference winners to have a huge break to rest. But Miami definitely appears to have the Pistons' number thus far.

As for the West, I love Steve Nash and the Suns, but they have just got to be exhausted at this point. They played two intense, back-and-forth seven-game series in a row, and now find themselves in a series that's going to go at least six games if they are going to win. And three such series in a row is a lot harder on them and their running style than it would be on, say, the Mavs or Pistons or Heat. That said, I think they're going to win at home tonight to even the series, but I'm not sure they could possibly have enough left in the tank to win a game seven against Dirk, who looks like a man possessed right now.
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#10 Posted on 30.5.06 1023.48
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Best case scenario: Miami starts on a run like they did in Game 1, Wade/Shaq score a combined 50 points, and Rasheed pedigrees Flip Saunders on the scorers' table. Miami wins going away in Game 5 to where Wayne Simien sees some PT and sit idly by as Dallas and Phoenix beat the crap out of each other for 7 games.

I agree that they need to do anything to avoid Game 7 in Detroit, but the real red flag goes up when they can't beat Detroit on their own floor for game 6. But they absolutely need to cut the head off the Piston Snake ASAP before they forget all this implosion mishmash and get some momentum underneath them.

EDIT AFTER GAME 6 SINCE I CAN'T REPLY TO MYSELF:

...and there was much rejoycing (yay)

It sounds cliche', but finally getting to the Finals after roadblock after roadblock over the years just made it that much more worth it. Except for the fact that I was jumping up and down in my living room, I was very much the excitable 13 year old kid who watched the first-ever Heat game on my mother's couch nursing a broken leg.

This hasn't sunk in yet, and I doubt it will until next week, and by that time being in the Finals won't be enough for me, but for now I'm just enjoying the fact that my team finally got there.


(edited by JoshMann on 3.6.06 0400)
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#11 Posted on 3.6.06 1505.41
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I think Bill Simmons had a good analysis of the Pistons in his latest column. He said that a big part of Detroit's success is that they were so good at feeding off a perceived lack of respect. This season, however, they lost some of that hunger when they were recognized as the best starting five in the league and just weren't able to rise to the occasion in the playoffs.

This has been the best NBA playoffs in years, and it will be refreshing to see one of the perennial also-ran teams (Miami, Dallas and Phoenix) actually break through to win a title.
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