Originally Posted by dd24
Wrong, the Pistons do choke in the playoffs. Otherwise they would have been in the finals last year. They choked against a much less talented Cleveland team.
This is true, but you have to admit that Lebron was not going to be denied last year. He drove the ball hard, and the Pistons never adjusted. Also, some no-name players stepped up in that series (Gibson, etc). I consider that a rare occurrence and an exception, not the rule.
Flip may be losing the team, but motivation for this team must come from within. It was interesting to hear Chris Webber's comments yesterday about Dumars entering the locker room at halftime and threatening to trade them all. I'm not sure he meant that literally, but it showed me that Flip doesn't control the team's motivations, and he's not the one they rally behind. He should go, although I think he's a great coach and deserves to coach elsewhere.
I hope we're holding out for JVG. He's a good fit for us, I think. He'll stick up for his players and yell at them. It should work for 1-2 years while the vets are still there.
That being said, I'm really happy that the Pistons are getting challenged early in the playoffs. They've shown at spurts in this series that they can really turn up the gas and play well. That run between the end of the 2nd and beginning of the 3rd was very refreshing, and I hope they remember to use that gear thoroughly against Orlando and Boston (if they all advance). Dwight could be this year's Lebron for Detroit, because he wants badly to beat us and prove that Orlando doesn't always lose to Detroit. Watch out for him.