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The State of the Pistons: A Discussion

I’m not a Detroit Pistons fan. I admit that. But, I am a fan of good ol’ fashioned basketball tradition.

And if we’re gonna talk about basketball tradition, we have to talk about the Pistons. Detroit has won three NBA titles in the past 22 years, and while that’s not a ton, it sure as heck is more than most teams can say they’ve won.

We remember the era in the late 80s. It was hard-nosed, aggressive defense that won the Pistons back-to-back championships in ’89 and ’90. Oddly enough, the same formula that allowed the Pistons to win in those two years (great point guard play and a defensive focus) also helped them win the title in 2004. Continue Reading

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NBA Roundtable: Carmelo, First Coach Fired, and Early Season MVP

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to another edition of the NBA Roundtable here on STS! You can check out last week’s edition for all the info on the roundtable, but we’ve got plenty to discuss this week, so let’s get right to the introductions! Continue Reading

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Game of the Day: March 23

Indiana Pacers at Detroit Pistons — 7:30 PM eastern

Well, I don’t take much pleasure in selecting this matchup between two Eastern Conference cellar dwellers as the game of the day. But on a date with only four contests on the docket, this is the only one that’s going to be even close. In the other three, the Bobcats play the Wizards, the Nuggets play the Knicks, and the Clippers play the Mavericks.

So why even tune in? Well, for one, Danny Granger’s always fun to watch. Other than that, maybe some of you Detroit fans can cling to some memory of the 2004 season or ponder how Joe Dumars foolishly overpaid for second-tier players in Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva this past offseason.

The Pacers have won all three of their bouts against the Pistons this year, including a 106-102 this past Friday. Nevertheless, with the return of Rodney Stuckey, I expect Detroit to emerge victorious. Maybe Rip and Tayshaun Prince will be motivated to avoid the embarrassment of a season sweep at the hands of the likes of Indiana.

Seriously, though, if you’ve got something else to watch tomorrow, pursue it. Give that new FX show Justified a try. The pilot wasn’t bad.

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