Now that the Pistons have made it, we can start talking about playoff seeding in earnest. As you know, it's down to the No. 8 seed (where the Pistons are currently positioned) or the No. 7 seed with two games to play. While the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds are not yet settled, it's likely those will belong to the Cavaliers and Raptors in that order. The Cavs can clinch No. 1 seed on Monday night.
"Look, both those teams are really good, Toronto and Cleveland," Van Gundy said. "I'm of the mind-set that you always want to finish as high as you can finish. It's not a matter of I'd rather play Toronto, I don't want to play Cleveland. I just, if you have a choice of finishing seventh or eighth, seventh sounds better. That's the way I am. I've never really coached a game that I didn't care if we won or lost. I've just never been in that situation.
And that's definitely how SVG and the Pistons should play it. Always play to win and let the rest take care of itself. Certainly, the Pistons will want to head into the playoffs playing the best basketball they can, too.
Fans don't need to have the same mindset. Fans can root for whatever they want so long as it is in the best interest of the organization, right? That's why some fans root for losses in losing seasons -- to improve lottery odds at landing the next star.
Personally, while I don't want the Pistons to lose either of their last two games, I want to see the Pistons play the Cavs in the first round. That means they will most likely have to finish No. 8. If that's the case, I'll have to root for the Pacers to win out, too.
Here are my thoughts: The Cavs are the team with all the pressure and all the drama and all the attention. They have all that because, well, LeBron, but also because the Cavs are still the team to beat. They represented the East in the finals last season. So, with that in mind, I want these young Pistons to experience a playoff series against the Cavs, with all the buzz it can possibly offer. I also just happen to believe the Cavs are more vulnerable to an upset. But shocking the world would just be gravy on the narrative of one era effectively ending with the 2009 series sweep to LeBron's Part I Cavs and a new one beginning (with an upset???) vs. LeBron's Part II Cavs. Losing a series to the Cavs would be harder to stomach, no doubt, but the heart wants what the heart wants. Selena Gomez told me that one time.
Who do you want the Pistons to play? Or do you not care? To each his or her own. Let us know in the poll and the comments below.