- The Pistons will be playing the Sixers in the first-round thanks to the Cavs getting some awfully kind treatment from the refs. The Sixers gave the Pistons problems this year, but it's the matchup Dave Cowens preferred.
- Remember that clusterf--k of a post in which I tried to decipher the tie-breakers for homecourt advantage for the NBA Finals? Well, all of it becomes moot if the Pistons can win just one of their last two games.
- Chauncey Billups sat out practice yesterday with "general soreness," aka, when-do-the-playoffs-start-itis.
- No less than 10 teams can win the NBA title this year -- if you don't believe it, you haven't seen these fancy charts.
- Speaking of charts, here's one plotting NBA announcers' knowledge vs. homerism. I guess DBB readers aren't the only ones not a fan of Tommy Points. (via DBB reader Kyle and TrueHoop)
- It's not often I link to the Wall Street Journal, so when I do, you know it has to be interesting: athletes get smart about expensive entourages.
- It's official: with 57 wins (and counting), the Pistons have exceeded almost all of our expectations this year. (Thanks to PDX for reminding me of that post.)
- The Pistons hope to replace John Hammond with a familiar face: "The leading candidate to replace John Hammond as vice president of basketball operations is former Pistons director of player personnel Scott Perry, with the Sonics. The Pistons have asked Sonics general manager Sam Presti for permission to speak to Perry about the opening. Perry, who was with the Pistons organization from 2000-2007, continues to maintain his home in Detroit."
- The Sonics may or may not have played their last game in Seattle. Here's to hoping for "may not have."
Tuesday’s Layup Drill
By Matt Watson