With the game sounding more like it was at the Q, I wonder if the Pistons left the game expecting to get on an airplane to come home.
Well, it appeared reality set in from the start of this series as the Pistons never really had what it took to win. Losing by double-digits in every single game and being virtually out of each game by the half way mark through the fourth quarter made every game painful to watch.
MVP chants for Lebron, broom sticks, Stuart Scott saying, "let's go back to Cleveland," during Game Four's telecast, and a lack of production from Prince, Rip, 'Sheed, and Stuckey all made this one just as nauseating as the rest.
Not to take anything away from Cleveland, because this team appears to be a legitimate "team" in addition to having one of the best individual players in the NBA in Lebron James, but they were playing a sleep walking team this series. As I alluded to on my twitter account, the Pistons came into the series like a character in a Mortal Kombat video game, teetering at the end of their life waiting for someone to execute the "Finish Him" move that sends them to the spikes. The Cleveland Cavs just happened to be the team that got that opportunity. I would say the Cavs were like Kano and ripped the hearts out of the Pistons, but it's debatable as to whether or not the Pistons ever had any heart in this series.
For the second game in a row, Lebron James came up just shy of a triple-double as he finished with 36 points, 13 rebounds, and 8 assists.
One of the lone bright spots for the Pistons was Antonio McDyess and there is no surprise there. He's shown the most passion out of any Pistons player in the past few years in the playoffs. He may have just finished his career with the Pistons with a bang: 26 points and 10 rebounds. He led the Pistons in double-doubles this season.
The other four Pistons starters had a inexplicable 22 points combined. Rasheed Wallace represented himself in what will probably be his last game as a Pistons with a big ol' goose-egg. Tayshaun Prince, who also could be moved this offseason, finished with two points.
Detroit will have more time to soul search and make necessary moves this offseason as it will be the first time in over six years that they have been exited before the month of May.
Don't lose faith fans. For as much as this hurts you and I both, it kills Joe Dumars. I believe he will do whatever it takes to get us back to our winning ways.
The Pistons had an amazing run these past years as one of the elite teams in the NBA. Next season's playoffs will start in the year 2010 as a new decade in the 21st century and no matter what happened this year, the Pistons were
one of the better teams the best team in the Eastern Conference for the first decade. I don't see us being down for long before getting back to that status within the next decade.