I know, I know. I said some things. I said I’d be giggling as the Celtics crushed the Detroit Pistons like itty-bitty grapes. Like Fonzie, I was wrrr.. I was wrrrr…. I was, well, you know. Face it, I say a lot of things. But I’m not wrong when I say, in terms of the big picture, yesterday’s game means nothing. The Pistons are still on their way down, and our beloved Celtics are still the team to beat.
I have great respect for Joe Dumars; as a player, as an executive GM, as a man. I do. I understand he made the Iverson trade to help get cap flexibility this summer, when AI and Big Ben come off the books. I get that. But for the here and now, for this season, the Detroit Pistons are in some big trouble. Ya got trouble. Right here in the Motor City. Trouble with a capital “T” and that rhymes with “P” and that stands for point!
The Pistons defeated the Celtics, 105-95 yesterday following a 93-85 victory at Orlando on Friday night. It was only the third time in NBA history that a team won consecutive games, both on the road, and both against teams with a record at least 25 games above the .500 mark. Good for the Pistons. Good for them. Allen Iverson missed both those games with a back injury.
Now consider this: The Pistons lost 28 of the 51 games that Iverson played for them this season. Detroit hadn’t posted a losing record over a 50-game span since the end of the 2000-2001 season. How about that? So yes, the Pistons became the first Eastern Conference team to win at TD Banknorth Garden this season. And yes, I blame Iverson.
Roll Celtics, Roll!