For those disappointed that Sheed didn't actually guarantee wins in the next two games in his Game 3 postgame comments, I give you a collection of Sheed's comments after Sunday's practice, courtesy of the AP:
"I know we're going to win it," Wallace said sitting on the scorer's table following Sunday practice at Quicken Loans Arena. "We're going to bust their [butt]. Tomorrow night is the last game here in this building for this year."
"Y'all can quote me, put it back page, front page, whatever," Wallace said. "They can send whoever they want to send. I know the crew I think they're going to send. But it don't matter. I know we can do it, and they know we can do it. We know what we've got to do."
"It ain't bulletin board material, it's a fact," he said bluntly. "They can put it on the bulletin board. They can put it on a video. I don't care. I know what we're capable of doing, that's all that it is."
"There's only one team out there, two teams tops, that can really give us that good challenge that it's like, 'All right, we know we can't make no mistakes against those teams,"' he said.
The Cavaliers aren't one?
"Nah," he said.
These quotes mean nothing, and yet the argument can be made that they mean absolutely everything with regards to the series' standing. Should the Pistons go out and win tomorrow night in Cleveland -- as most would expect -- then they've simply followed suit and will have remained undefeated after Sheed's prognostications. But if the Cavs come out tomorrow and beat a energized Pistons squad, in the face of a "guaran-sheed" and lack of any motivation excuses, well then folks we have ourselves a series.
That said, while I'm a slightly biased party, I like the Pistons' odds.