Not sure what this post is about. Just random thoughts as I try to wake up after a nearly sleepless night. But this reheated Little Caesar's is helping me get over it. A Wings win tonight wouldn't hurt either.
- Sportscenter's Josh Elliot, narrating the display of the 2008 NBA Finals schedule:
"Look at that. Just look at that. It's a snapshot of a gift from the basketball gods!"
I have an idea. Since EVERYBODY wants the Lakers and Celtics in the Finals, why don't we just have all of the other teams disband so that they can play each other for the championship every year? Wouldn't that make everyone happy? And since that still probably won't be good enough, all of us non-Boston/L.A. basketball fans can make a pilgrimage to French Lick, Indiana after the season and take turns fellating Larry Bird until he goes blind.
- Carlos Guillen hasn't changed positions in something like 4 days, so it's just getting to be that time. Unbelievable. The guy went from shortstop to 1st base to 3rd base to part-time DH .... and now you want to put him in left field? That's enough position changes for a career, let alone two months. Shit, why not just have him replace Kenny Rogers in the rotation too?
- Sheed's stats in the Pistons' final games of the last 4 seasons:
2005 -- 11 points, 1 rebound, no free throw attempts
2006 -- 10 points on 4-12 shooting, no FT attempts
2007 -- 11 points on 5-14 shooting, 2 rebounds, fouled out, 1 thrown headband
2008 -- 4 points on 2-12 shooting, 5 fouls, no FT attempts
- Chris McCosky's Pistons game recap. Some things that stood out:
The Pistons are the first team in the modern era to lose in the conference finals three straight years.
"Man, I don't know," said Chauncey Billups, who scored 29 to lead the Pistons. "We had a couple of opportunities, to make some shots, get some breaks. We had an and-1 in that stretch, and the momentum kind of shifted. We feel comfortable in those types of games but we don't come out on top all the time, especially against another great team."
What now? Most likely coach Saunders' reign ends here. Despite a franchise-best .715 winning percentage, he couldn't get the Pistons back to the NBA Finals -- and that was, fair or not, his mission with this team.
"I don't know what Joe will do," McDyess said. "But he probably will make changes. There are no more excuses. We didn't get to the Finals, again."
And another eye-opener from Dice:
"We didn't give it all we got," said a dejected Antonio McDyess. "Look at what we've got, a 4-2 (series) loss to the Celtics. We had homecourt advantage (after Game 2), and we thought we could just go out and win it. As I was sitting there at the end, I thought, 'Another year we didn't get to the Finals; another letdown.' Just no excuses, we didn't get there."
- Free agent wishlist: Antawn Jamison
Even before last night's game, I was thinking about potential lineup changes for next season (impossible to ignore considering Sheed's contract situation). I can't envision him still being here by the end of next season, but how are we going to adequately replace him? Whatever it is, I don't think it's going to be an immediate fix. I read a couple commenter blurbs -- and thought about it myself to an extent -- about a Pistons/Suns trade with Sheed and Amare Stoudemire as the centerpieces. But there's no way the Suns give up Amare, especially after how dominant he looked playing alongside Shaq, and as far as the Pistons go, Sheed would still be considered a better defensive player even if Amare was allowed to use a blowtorch on the court. Not to mention we'd probably have to give up Tayshaun, and while I'm willing to part with him, giving up two good defenders for at least one bad one isn't going to get us any further than conference finals anyway. In conclusion, I have no fucking idea why I even brought this up.
- Wings will win tonight. Not jinxing anything, just telling it like it is. Babcock will make the right adjustments, Datsyuk is gonna score, and Ozzie will rebound from his iffy Game 3.