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CBS Sports Pistons

7#bag _ Com (997-338-74) vs kingfisher0023* (23-7-2)
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These Questions were put forth in the CBS Sports magazine for each team: I will answer the Q yes or No.

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Q: Are the Pistons too old to win another championship?
A: No- if all parts are healthy they can still win the east and mount a serious challange in June- Thier big issue is the Coach, not AARP

Stucky is a two postion player and should keep Hamilton fresher for the playoffs - any cut into his 37 mpg is going to help.

The Pistons know thier system and know each other- and that should help them challange for the East Title over the new Celtics and the still too young Bulls.


The Pistons are, in fact, incapable of winning a championship in the near future. Chauncey Billups is still a quality player, however, not as dominating as he was when he won the finals MVP.

Two things are missing on Detroit's roster: A dominant big man and a superstar. Yes, basketball is a team game, but that one dominant player can make all the difference. Elite teams usually have a good big man, whether it is Shaquille O'Neal, Ben Wallace, or Tim Duncan. Nazr Mohammed only averages 5.6 RPG and 7 PPG. Not exactly championship numbers.

The Detroit Pistons have lost their distinction as the cream of the weak Eastern Conference. Cleveland and Boston both look better coming into the season. There is also a chance that Miami will rebound and Toronto's young players will turn into all-stars led by Chris Bosh. There just isnt any way you could say that they could win the East but . . .

Say Detroit makes a run in the upcoming seasons. It is still apparent that the Western Conference is just too good. Look at last seasons championship. San Antonio completely overmatched the Eastern champs. That conference is stacked with talent.


Lets look at the Pistons vs the West
0-2 Vs the Spurs
2-0 Vs the Suns
1-1 Vs the Mavs
2-0 Vs the Lakers


so that leads me to think that IF the Pistons get to the finals- they can compete with the best of the west.

And just how many teams have a big man that can run with Duncan?

Oh yeah- no one!

and a true superstar- they had the same bunch when they won the title! other than Ben Wallace- whose loss does hurt admittedly.

Lets not forget that the last time the Pistons won the title was NOT during the 70's they have won- and recently.


Lets look at the Pistons vs the West
0-2 Vs the Spurs
2-0 Vs the Suns
1-1 Vs the Mavs
2-0 Vs the Lakers


so that leads me to think that IF the Pistons get to the finals- they can compete with the best of the west.

And just how many teams have a big man that can run with Duncan?

Oh yeah- no one!

and a true superstar- they had the same bunch when they won the title! other than Ben Wallace- whose loss does hurt admittedly.

Lets not forget that the last time the Pistons won the title was NOT during the 70's they have won- and recently.


Previous champions had a quality big man. Detroit does not. When they did win the title, they had Ben Wallace. Not the greatest scorer, but everyone seems to forget that he was a regular on the all-defensive team. The Spurs had Duncan, Miami had O'Neal, and Los Angelas had O'Neal as well.

In regards to your stats against the West, I would hardly consider the Lakers in the upper echelon. The victories against the Suns are impressive, but that is a team that regularly fails to make it to the finals. Golden State shows some signs to be great, as do Utah. Both those teams could seriously challenge the Pistons in the Finals.

You said that IF the Pistons make it to the finals, they could compete. That is a big IF. Like I said earlier, the Pistons are running out of time as other teams are entering their own. In a series against the Celtics, I dont see anyone capable of controlling Garnett. He is too versitile. Cleveland already showed that they could beat the Pistons, and that was a year ago. They are still a yound team capable of improvement. Miami had a lost season after Wade was injured. As for the Raptors, the same question could be raised about who would contain

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