go sheed...In the Pistons' locker room, opinions differed on the coming
matchup with the Heat -- who already have clinched the No. 1 seed in
Just another game," said a dismissive Ben Wallace, who had 12
points, nine rebounds and four blocks. "Cannot win the
championship on Sunday. Cannot. No way possible.
"It's going to be a game everybody wants to watch," Richard Hamilton said. "It's going to be a dogfight"
Rasheed Wallace (22 points) said he had different priorities:
"I'm excited about South Beach!"
ORLANDO -- Sunday's game between the Miami Heat and Pistons must be big, because a Miami reporter actually got coach Larry Brown to talk about it before the Pistons beat Orlando on Friday night.
The two top teams in the Eastern Conference battle at 1 p.m. in Miami on ABC television.
"These guys would tell you that usually I don't talk about something like this with us playing Orlando tonight," Brown said about the reporters who follow the team. "I've admired what they've done.
"Stan has done a phenomenal job. I think they're playing as well as anybody in the league. Shaq has been phenomenal. Dwyane has been great. It has been a great story. They've put together a lot of good pieces to complement each of them. Obviously, they're fighting for the best record. We're trying to get better."
From today's Free Press..."To me, it's just another game -- one of 82," said Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace. "I think the media is more excited about it than we are. Nobody really knows what's going to happen."
Well we did beat their full roster in our first meeting with them when Ben Wallace was out. And this was in the middle of our slump (losing to Charlotte, Milwaukee and getting blown out by Cleveland), so maybe we could bring that up if we somehow lose to a Shaq-less heat.JoeD said:It sucks Shaq isn't going to play. I pray the team doesn't see this as a game not worth trying. It would be so embarassing to lose. We'd never hear the end of it.