Everyone can see the Pistons have outplayed the Bulls in their 95-69 and 108-87 victories in the first two games of their conference semifinals. But it's not like the Bulls aren't playing hard or aren't as committed as they were when they swept Miami. They possess the same focus and intensity, but the Pistons have thwarted them.
"Playoff ball is all about who can impose their will on the other team," Pistons guard Chauncey Billups said. "We did a great job of that the first two games."
It's also what the teams talk about when mentioning experience. And a big part of it has been the Pistons' commitment to their zone defenses, which often look like a combination of man-to-man with help and simple matchups.
But the key has been the Pistons denying the Bulls their main strength of driving into the middle and then kicking the ball out to shooters. The defense packs it in more, which is not an uncommon tactic. But the Pistons are long-armed enough to stay with the shooters at the three-point line and, at least, stunt and force a dribble before a shot.
Their defense has left the Bulls with some of their poorest shooting of the season: 32.9 percent in Game 1 and 34.3 percent in Game 2.
I just can't believe just how mind-numbingly boring the combo of Mark Jackson and Mike Breen are. They are just too professional. Their relationship reminds me of the way you talk to someone that you kinda know, so you try to make little jokes here and there and "shoot the breeze," to try to further get to know each other.
Give me a combo of people that actually know each other, and where we're not stuck with generic exchanges of stock comments. I'd rather have Marv and Kerr, Sean Elliot and Dan Majerle, Tolbert and George Karl, Kevin Harland, John Thompson, and Danny Ainge.
Anyone but these two boring ass professionals.
Last edited by Solid Snake : 05-10-2007 at 10:24 PM.