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Old 06-05-2006, 04:08 PM   #32
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Panic In Detroit?? Or Don't Let The Suns Go Down On Me

WELL, JD, AND MAD..AND EVERYBODY..SINCE YOU ALL ARE GREAT GUYS....I'LL GIVE YOU A BREAKDOWN ON WHAT HAPPENED IN THE FINALS AND WHY, UNBIASED OF COURSE!!! :::

DETROIT PISTONS....WELL THIS TEAM ROSE TO PROMINENCE ON DEFENSE, TOTAL TEAM PLAY...AND NO EGOS...AND WAS MADE UP OF MOSTLY GUYS NOBODY WANTED...OR THOUGHT MUCH OF...SO THEY RODE THE UNDERDOG ROLE, AND TOTAL DEFENSE TO MUCH SUCCESS. WHAT HAPPENS THEN? LARRY BROWN, WHO'S ABOUT AS STABLE AS A RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPE...DEPARTS FOR NY AND FLIP (NOT WILSON BUT SAUNDERS) TAKES OVER. HE LOOSENS UP THE OFFENSE, AND DETROIT LEADS THE NBA IN 3 PT %!! WINS 64 GAMES...AND APPEARS TO BE HEADED TO A CHAMPIONSHIP....UNTIL....THE PLAYOFF MELTDOWN..
BROWN KNEW THAT THIS TEAM DOESN'T HAVE ANY 1 ON 1 OFF THE DRIBBLE SCORERS, AND MUST RELY ON DEFENSE, AND BALL CONTROL AND MOVEMENT TO SCORE. SO HE PLAYED THIS STYLE ALL YEAR LONG..AND IN TO THE PLAYOFFS...LOW SCORING AND DEFENSIVE PRESSURE, WITH SUCCESS. THEN, THIS YEAR, IN THE PLAYOFFS...THE TEAM COULDN'T PLAY THE SAME DEFENSE THEY ALWAYS HAD, AND COULDN'T SHOOT EITHER...BUT STOOD AROUND AND WATCHED EACH OTHER TRY TO SCORE OFF THE DRIBBLE..NO REAL TEAM PLAY OR BALL MOVEMENT.
ALSO WHEN DETROIT WON THE NBA AND AGAIN LAST YEAR W/ PISTONS /SPURS...DEFENSE WAS STRESSED, AND PHYSICAL PLAY WAS ALLOWED (AT TIMES) BUT THE TV RATINGS WERE AMONG THE LOWEST IN HISTORY....
SO, WALL STREET/NIKE/THE MEDIA...AND MR. STERN CHANGED THE RULES TO 'OPEN' UP THE SCORING....NO MORE HAND CHECKS, NO BUMPING OR ANY CONTACT, AND FEWER CHARGING CALLS, WHICH NOW BECOME BLOCKING FOULS...RIGHT RASHEED? AND MORE FLOPPING TAKES PLACE THAN A FISH OUTTA WATER..AND GETS FOULS CALLED WITNESS TH E# OF FREE THROWS...BY THE 'STARS' AND DETROIT, WHICH WAS BUILT TO DEFEND FIRST...BECOMES FOUL PRONE, AND UNABLE TO STOP THE MEDIA DUMPLINGS SUCH AS D WADE AND LEBRON...AND IN CONSTANT FOUL TROUBLE FOR THE BIGS ON THE TEAM....
THEN CHAUNCEY AND RIP, WHO SCORE BEST OFF SCREENS AND PICKS..CAN'T GET ANY WITHOUT FOULS CALLED ON THE BIGS...AND THE VAUNTED OFFENSE BECOMES SHOOTING COVERED SHOTS, SINCE NOBODY ON DETROIT IS A REAL OFF THE DRIBBLE 1 ON 1 SCORER...AND THEY CAN'T SCORE FOR LONG STRETCHES...AND FADE AWAY IN TO FISHING W/ KENNY SMITH TRIPS FOR THE SUMMER....
PHOENIX??? SHED NO TEARS HERE, THEY WERE DOWN TO ABOUT 5 AND 1/2 PLAYERS...WITH ALL THE INJURIES, BUT BARBOSA/DIAW/BELL STEPPED UP BIG TIME....IF THEY HAD A HEALTHY AMARE STOUDAMIRE...AND KURT THOMAS....MARK CUBAN WOULD COMMIT SUICIDE, AS THEY WOULD HAVE SWEPT THE MAVS.....THE MAVS OVERALL DEPTH WAS THE DIFFERENCE...AND IN THE NEW NON-PHYSICAL...NO DEFENSE NBA, NOWITZKE BECOMES THE SECOND COMING OF RICK BARRY.... IN THE PLAYOFFS...
BUT THIS TEAM (SUNS) IS PERFECTLY POSITIONED FOR NEXT YEAR, WITH BELL/BARBOSA AND DIAW ALL GAINING MUCH VALUABLE EXPERIENCE...AND SO MANY OFF THE DRIBBLE SCORERS..WELCOME TO THE NBA OF THE FUTURE....BALLET W/ A BASKETBALL...AND NO MORE BLACK AND BLUE DIVISION...

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