Sadly, not many people outside of Indy and Detroit are picking up on the budding rivaly between the Pacers and Pistons, simply because we're both buried in the Eastern Conference. Granted the East is significantly weaker than the West in terms of depth, but taking a look at the top of the Conference, it is evident both teams can compete with the best of the West. That's only been confirmed as recently as 20 minutes ago when the Pistons knocked off the Spurs.
There are all kinds of great storylines between the two clubs. Not the least of which is, of course, Rick Carlisle vs. Larry Brown. Two defensive juggernauts w/ capable offenses. Always a battle. Can you imagine a Pacers/Pistons ECF? That's almost a guaranteed 7 game war. Wow.
I'm looking forward to tomorrow night's game more than any other this year. Both teams are on a roll. And the Pistons are going down.