2 2004 Detroit Pistons
3 2006 Miami Heat
The 2004 Detroit Pistons went 54-28 and stunned the world defeating the Lakers for the championship. They really improved as a team once they acquired Rasheed Wallace. The Pistons were a very dominant defensive team, arguably the best defensive team in this tournament. Anyone facing this team knows it will not be an easy series.
The 2006 Miami Heat went 52-30 in the regular season and then won the NBA Championship. They are the last and lowest seed of all the NBA champions: A 3 seed. That though tells them they have a point to make. They are led by the duo of Wade & O’Neal, one of the best duos we saw in the 00s. Besides for these 2 they had many good veteran role-players. Ultimately they are champions so they will be tough to beat.
A huge showdown here. The 2004 NBA Champions Detroit Pistons vs. The 2006 NBA Champions Miami Heat. The Pistons have not had too much trouble the 1st 2 rounds, they won both series in 6 and did it through tough defense. In Round 1 they focused on stopping Melo and held him to 33.9% shooting, while in Round 2 they focused in stopping Dirk and held him to 31.7% shooting. This round they will have to focus on both Wade and Shaq. So far O’Neal has led the way for Miami as he averaged 26/12 last series and as they defeated one of the stronger teams 2007 Phoenix Suns in 6 games. The Heat so have proven themselves to be able to beat strong teams, but the Pistons will easily be their biggest challenge thus far.