Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The Champs are on the Ropes

For the past four years or so, the NBA has been ruled by the functional equivalent of jello. Jello is a great food, very fundamentally sound, part of any nutritional meal but it really lacks form or substance. Nobody when thinking of the greatest deserts of all time demand Jello. The Spurs and the Pistons have been everything most sports writers/fans nominally want. Hard working, technically sound, no jerks, all for one and one for all, etc, etc. However there's something missing (and no its not an East Coast team in the championship). Maybe we want the superstar to rise above things or a little spice that the era of team ball has not provided. Well after last night the hegemons are taking it on the chin. The Pistons expected to waltz through the Cavs like a hot knife through well Jello (and no I can't think of why you'd have a hot knife cutting Jello) and instead got a rude awakening. Maybe the Pistons will try hard finally or come up with a game plan but the Pistons assuredly have lost that air of invicibility they wore earlier in the playoffs.

Meanwhile in the Lone Star State the biggest rivalry in the NBA today (outside of our MJ and Shaq) between the Mavs and Spurs has seen a big shift in the wind. For years Old Man Pop's squad of international superhero's has stomped on Mark Cuban's head. However the tables have turned. Its the Spurs that can't adjust to the Mavs style of play. Its the Mavs that are playing the tough defense and coming up with the clutch shots. Its the Spurs that are looking around for a miracle drug to somehow stop the Mavs (I'd recommend calling Barry but thats just me). Not to say the Bipolar world of Pistons and Spurs is over, this year or in the future but there's a whiff of change in the air.

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