"Rick Carlisle is very good at getting maximum effort out of his players, and winning as many regular season games as he can. But come playoffs, the weaknesses are exposed.
Same thing happened in Detroit. That's what many people in the Piston organization and many Piston fans didn't like about him. Perhaps if he worked harder at making Tinsley a better point guard, like Brown has done with Billups, even if it meant losing more regular season games, things would be different.
But he's not there to teach, or make his teams any better. He only coaches to hide the team's flaws the best he can, and win every single regular season game.
As Brown and Dumars said - sometimes you have to take a step backwards, to take a step forward. Brown has tinkered with Okur and Billups, at the expense of losing regular season games. Now, the Pacers have the better regular season record, but who cares? Its the Pistons that have home court advantage."