It's gonna be short tonight because I have to get up in the morning & drive halway across the country. There will also be no post game 4 thoughts either because I won't have access to the net. I'll check-in in the morning for replies.
Where is our Rasheed Wallace? Who on our team stood up in the locker room after the game & made it a point to make sure that everybody on our team knew we weren't going to lose?
Now I'm not talking about doing a Sheed & guaranteeing to the press that we won't lose game 4. I'm talking about which player on our team would have the stones to stand up & proclaim we won't lose game 4 to our own players? My guess is nobody.
***** all you want about Rasheed & his bravado, but make no mistake. It was a game & quite possibly a series changer.
If anybody watched the post game press conferance you saw the two faces of the Indiana Pacers with Jermaine O'Neal & Reggie Miller.
Reggie looked as though he were filled with rage. When asked if he was protesting the lack of calls during the game by kicking the ball into the stands Reggie shot back very tersley that "I just wanted to give little Johnny a souvenir.".
Reggie was short & very very politely rude to the press.
J.O. seemed as though he & Sheed had already gotten together after the game for a dime bag. Talk about a lack of any emotion.
BTW, I'm just using hyperbole about the dime bag. I'm not accusing J.O. of anything. It just seemed like I was watching a guy who had zero emotions about the game. To me he seemed more of a studio commentator than participant. (BTW, this takes nothing away from the game he played it's just the post that I had a problem with).
We need leadership, vocal athoritative leadership. We need a player who is willing to lay it on the line publicly.
Again, I'm not asking for a guarantee. I'd just like to see one of our players say we are going to change things in our favor & actually look like they mean it.
Every post game interview I saw with a player last night seemed awfully defeated.
Sheed (******* he may be) wasn't defeated after game one, was he?
Why Al Harrington isn't being universally praised as an American hero I don't know. This guy is down there in the trenches every night fighting with the Pistons & I think he deserves special credit for it. Sure his pullup air ball was embarassing, but other than that the guy fought & fought & fought. I could not believe after Al & the other bench guys brought the team back that Rick took him out in the 4th. It's a damn shame that next season the guy most likely will not be here.
Anthony Johnson. Hey, the guy played great. He even ran the offense well. I thought he did a good job of defending Hamilton late in the 4th when the switches were made to him. Not much else to say about him other than he did exactly what we needed to do.
Austin Croshere. Never has one man been such the target of so many B.S. calls. His sixth foul was complete & totall B.S. The reason I say that is because of everything else they were letting everybody else get by with. Other than that though I though Austin fought all night long as well. His three & dunk could easily have been game breakers for us, but it wasn't meant to be. But for a change it is nice to see him do something other than take up space on the floor during the playoffs.
I'm going to stop with the individual breakdowns now because of lack of time.
I'm just going to breakdown something pretty simple.
The reason the Pistons are beating us is pretty simple really.
So far all season long we have been able to live & die with two thing.
1. J.O. being the best big man on the floor (or at least one of the best)
2. Ron outplaying the other teams small forward.
Right now J.O. by himself is the best, however he isn't better than the Wallace team combined & with not being able to count on Foster for offense that is hurting us.
Prince is playing equal to (or IMO better than) Artest. This is a problem as we have not had a consistant third option all season long.
Right now the Pistons are just outplaying us.
I'm not writing off the series by any sense, but to have any real chance at pulling this series out game 4 is almost a must.