Friday, June 11, 2004

Built For Battle

Reuters
[NBA] Pistons shutdown Lakers in Game 3 and go up 2-1. This is the best matched Eastern Conference team that we've had in the Finals for a number of years. The 76ers, Pacers and Nets of past years were all too small inside. The Pistons have shown they can go toe-to-toe against super-sized West teams like the Lakers and Spurs. Ben Wallace has done a great job on defense. Larry Brown has probably refined his strategies since reaching the Finals with the 76ers a couple of years ago. Were it not for Kobe in Game 2, Detroit could be up 3-0 right now. While Detroit can definitely hold their own against Los Angeles, I still believe that the Lakers will win the series. Kobe and Shaq have the talent and experience to do it. All they need is a third player like Fisher, Malone, Payton, Walton or Rush to put them over the top.