- Flip Saunders on the Pistons' tendency to "flip the switch" come playoff time:
"I didn't even know about the switch until I got here and was told that they had one. Last night, I asked them to turn the switch on at 7:00, and that seemed to work."
- From A. Sherrod Blakely:
Since the 2003-2004 championship season, the Pistons are 11-3 in games in which they can eliminate an opponent. In those 11 wins, the average margin of victory has been by 12.5 points.
And of the three losses, two came during their second-round series last season against Chicago, a series the Pistons wound up winning four games to two.
That third loss, of course, was Game 7 of the 2005 Finals. Here's another arbitrary record: 6-8. That's Detroit's record in the playoffs since going up 3-0 against the Bulls last year.
I'm not trying to be a pessimist pointing that out, but pretending 2004 and 2005 are still relevant to what this team is capable of doing now is probably part of the reason the Pistons have been so hot and cold in the playoffs the past couple of years.
- There will be basketball at the Palace on Saturday; whether it's Game 7 or Game 1 remains to be seen.
- If Flip is eventually fired this year, the rumor mill suggests he will have suitors.
- The Celtics took care of business against the Hawks.
- I'd have my blogger card stripped from me if I didn't mention the Costas Now brouhaha in which civility was thrown out the window and Will Leitch was ambushed. Here's Leitch's response, as well as reaction from around the blogosphere.
- We're number three! We're number three! (To be honest, I have some quibbles with those rankings: any metric that puts DBB above TrueHoop is automatically suspect, as is completely omitting FanHouse and Ball Don't Lie. Still honored, just saying.
- Last but not least, don't lend money to Jerry Stackhouse.