Official Miami Heat vs Detroit Pistons thread

Discussion in 'NBA' started by Vegito728, May 23, 2006.

  1. Vegito728

    Vegito728 Registered Member

    Alright this is where I'm going to be reviewing the series beetween the Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons. Okay here's the schedule.

    Tue 23 Miami @ Detroit Conf. Finals
    Thu 25 Miami @ Detroit Conf. Finals
    Sat 27 Detroit @ Miami Conf. Finals
    Mon 29 Detroit @ Miami Conf. Finals
    Wed 31 Miami @ Detroit if necessary

    I will update if this series goes past 5 games.

  2. Babe_Ruth

    Babe_Ruth Sultan of Swat Staff Member V.I.P.

    I am going for Detroit because I can't stand Miami Heat. If Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'neal can stay healthy I think they'll win the series. I think that the heat will win in 6, even though Detorits defence is good I don't think they have a guy who can stop O'neal not even Ben Wallace and they certainly have no one who can stop Wade. I am not going to really pay attention to this series because I really hate both teams.
  3. oxyMORON

    oxyMORON A Darker Knight

    I can't stand either of them too. I want Heat to win so the Western Conference can hopefully overwhelm them :D
  4. Trowa

    Trowa Guest

    Lets go Detroit! I say Detroit in 6 games.
  5. sHiNo

    sHiNo Guest

    I'm gonna have to say that Miami wins it. They can't stop Shaq or Wade. The only way that Detroit can win if either of those 2 players gets injured.
  6. Vegito728

    Vegito728 Registered Member

    And here's my review of game 1.

    The Miami Heat have other players they can go to besides Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade.

    Good thing, too.

    The veteran trio of Antoine Walker, Gary Payton and Jason Williams -- brought on to help O'Neal and Wade get past the Pistons -- were so effective in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals that they didn't need superstar efforts from their superstar duo to steal home-court advantage from Detroit.

    Walker finished with 17 points, Payton came off the bench to score 14, and Williams had 10 to lead Miami to a 91-86 victory Tuesday night.

    Wade, who sat out more than 10 straight minutes of the second half with four fouls, had 25 points in 27 minutes and O'Neal scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half -- making the Heat feel even better about starting the series strong.

    The Pistons, who trailed by as much as 12 in the first quarter and nine in the second, took their first lead on Chauncey Billups' layup with 6:55 to go in the third quarter.

    The two-time defending conference champions didn't enjoy the lead long.

    Miami snatched control of the game with a 20-5 run, taking a 75-65 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

    Detroit's backcourt scored a lot, but missed a ton of shots.

    Richard Hamilton had 22 points on 9-of-22 shooting and Billups finished with 19 on 6-of-19 shooting.

    Detroit's Tayshaun Prince scored 16 points, reserve Antonio McDyess added 10 and Rasheed Wallace had a quiet night -- scoring just seven points after missing seven of 10 shots -- perhaps slowed down by an injured ankle.

    Game 2 is Thursday night at The Palace before the best-of-seven series shifts to Miami.

    Wade was called for his third foul with 7:47 left in the first half, with 13 points on 6-of-6, and O'Neal went to the bench a few minutes later with three fouls and 12 points after missing only one of six shots.

    With Miami's leaders on the bench, the Pistons seemed to have a perfect opportunity to their first lead.

    But the Heat's role players, led by Payton, turned a three-point advantage into a 48-39 lead late in the first half.

    The same scenario played out shortly after Wade was called for his fourth foul with 7:14 left in the third quarter.

    After Wade went back to the bench, Detroit went ahead 60-55 -- its largest lead -- before missing 12 straight shots, falling behind by eight and failing to mount much of a comeback.

    The Pistons played just two days after being pushed to seven games by the Cleveland Cavaliers while the Heat played one week after eliminating New Jersey in five games.

    Walker, Payton and Williams were among the players picked up by Riley when he was only the team's president last offseason, before he went back to the sideline when coach Stan Van Gundy resigned for family reasons.

    The famed coach made the drastic changes after Miami lost a 3-2 lead in the conference finals last year against Detroit, which advanced to the finals with a win on the road in Game 7.

    The Pistons are the NBA's first team since the Chicago Bulls of the early 1990s to play in four straight conference finals.

    Miami went ahead 11-0 while Detroit missed its first six shots. The Heat's lead hovered between eight and 12 for the rest of the quarter, taking a 33-25 lead into the second quarter.

    The Pistons probably were thankful their deficit wasn't larger because Miami was outshooting them 75 to 35 percent.

    Detroit didn't shoot much better in the second quarter, but benefited from O'Neal and Wade's foul trouble. The Pistons' 15-3 run pulled them within one point midway through the quarter, but they appeared to relax when both of Miami's stars were on the bench and they ended up trailing 48-44 at halftime.

    Miami started the second half strong, too, taking an eight-point lead before four Pistons scored -- including Rasheed Wallace with his first points on a 3-pointer -- and Billups put them ahead for the first time.

    Wallace sprained his right ankle against the Cavs, and hasn't been able to consistently play as well at both ends of the court.

    And here are some game Notes
    Late in the game, the Heat went with Hack-A-Ben scheme and the Pistons responded by Hack-A-Shaq plan, trying to get Ben Wallace and O'Neal -- both awful free throw shooters -- on the line. ... The Heat are 8-0 this postseason when leading at the half. ... As coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, Riley faced the Pistons in the 1988 and '89 finals and won the first matchup and lost the next. ... O'Neal moved past Karl Malone for third in career playoff scoring. O'Neal has 4,772 points to Malone's 4,761. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is second with 5,762 points and Michael Jordan leads with 5,987.
  7. Babe_Ruth

    Babe_Ruth Sultan of Swat Staff Member V.I.P.

    Well the team that I was going for lost their first game, I am sure that their going to rebound for game 2, at the beggining of the game it was all Miami and then Wade and Shaq got into foul trouble and Detroit made a run, then made it closer, but at the end Miami was to strong.
  8. oxyMORON

    oxyMORON A Darker Knight

    I couldn't believe it when I saw the scoreboard on TV showing that the Heat were actually winning. I cam into the game around mid-3rd quarter and saw the Pistons go on a long shooting drought. Ordinarily, Pistons would've probably won if it weren't for that streak of misses, but that's just how it goes. Hopefully, the Heat can pull another one off tomorrow.
  9. scottmcgrady

    scottmcgrady Guest

    Miami can't take Rasheed at the moment and if they want to win i think that they will have to go with Rasheed and he needs to take it to the basket if he wants to score. Chauncey Billups has more strength than Jason Williams and i think that he could score more, yet he has kind of disappointed me with his performances recently. Rip Hamilton will have a tough time going against Dwyane Wade because he works hard and will focus hard on stopping him and Walker wont be able to take Tayshaun the whole time, meaning they will need to double team him. For Ben Wallace, i don't think he has a chance on offense to score on Shaq, Shaq on the other hand does.
    Miami need to do what they did first time yet limit their turnovers, they had far too many with Wade and Shaq combining for 10 turnovers. I personally want Miami to win and i think if everything went the way it did in Game 1 for both teams, Miami could take it yet if Detroit start going into Rasheed and Tayshaun, i believe that Detroit could take it yet they need to step up a lot of their defense on Wade, possibly doubling him with Tayshaun and Chauncey.
  10. Midnight

    Midnight Guest

    I agree Rasheed Wallace is the most threatening player on their team if the Heat does their defensive assignments. No double teaming Tayshaun Prince will NOT be necessary. Antoine Walker isnt exactly the best on ball defender. If not Antoine Walker, the Heat still have Shandon Anderson and James Posey on the bench. People that can play good one on one defense. Turnovers will be a huge factor in this series, Miami needs to cutdown on these. Half of the time they just throw the ball away, or calls just go against them.

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