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When Detroit won the Championship in 2004 by no means were they the favorites. They were 38-25 on March 1 & they went on a tear after that going 16-3 in their last 19 games to pass New Jersey for the 2nd seed in the East & get a 54-28 record. Detroit's hot streak started around the same time the Nets current streak began. That homecourt edge would eventually prove vital as Detroit eliminated the 2-time East Champion Nets in 7 @ Detroit. Much of their improved play down the stretch could be largely credited to the missing piece of the puzzle in Rasheed coming to Motown. Success in the playoffs depend a lot on momentum & NJ is in a similar situation winning their last 12 games. Can New Jersey be the Detroit Pistons of '04?

These were the records of other teams that yr:
Indiana: 61-21
Minnesota: 58-24
San Antonio: 57-25
Los Angeles: 56-26
Sacramento: 55-27
Dallas: 52-30
New Jersey: 47-35
These teams were all regarded legitimate title contenders. Most even more so than Detroit. Detroit were the underdogs against Indiana & LA yet had the most momentum so they managed to upset both teams.

Perhaps if NJ keeps winning they can steal the 2nd seed to gain homecourt over Miami. We probably don't need it b/c they've shown that they can beat them as their 3-1 regular season record indicates.
 

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When Detroit won the Championship in 2004 by no means were they the favorites. They were 38-25 on March 1 & they went on a tear after that going 16-3 in their last 19 games to pass New Jersey for the 2nd seed in the East & get a 54-28 record. Detroit's hot streak started around the same time the Nets current streak began. That homecourt edge would eventually prove vital as Detroit eliminated the 2-time East Champion Nets in 7 @ Detroit. Much of their improved play down the stretch could be largely credited to the missing piece of the puzzle in Rasheed coming to Motown. Success in the playoffs depend a lot on momentum & NJ is in a similar situation winning their last 12 games. Can New Jersey be the Detroit Pistons of '04?

These were the records of other teams that yr:
Indiana: 61-21
Minnesota: 58-24
San Antonio: 57-25
Los Angeles: 56-26
Sacramento: 55-27
Dallas: 52-30
New Jersey: 47-35
These teams were all regarded legitimate title contenders. Most even more so than Detroit. Detroit were the underdogs against Indiana & LA yet had the most momentum so they managed to upset both teams.

Perhaps if NJ keeps winning they can steal the 2nd seed to gain homecourt over Miami. We probably don't need it b/c they've shown that they can beat them as their 3-1 regular season record indicates.
I think you might be onto something "Neo"......Momentum mixed with Confidence, with a lil touch of "US AGAINST THE WORLD" Mentality is a powerful thing.......Only time will tell, but I'm going to enjoy the ride none the less.... :biggrin:
 

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not yet.But they will
 

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I think confidence and momentum played a huge part in that run. Plus a favorable matchup with LA, in that it was Shaq and Kobe, rather than the defending champ Spurs. The back line was able to thwart a 2 on 5 matchup. The Spurs would have been a more difficult foe, Parker, Manu, Duncan...then again, if it weren't for foul trouble in Game 7, we might be saying 2 time defending champion Pistons. I don't think homecourt really played much of an advantage in the Nets series, Kidd's leg did. We had the series in the bag after Game 5. With a 3-2 lead going into a Game 6 at home.
 
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