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From the last thread, I'm not one of the people who believes that Stern "nudges refs," but even if he did, the last thing he wants is Boston-Detroit. They're not a draw. What he really would like is Boston-Cleveland.

I think he'll get that in the second round.

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Tray reply to Brian on Apr 19 at 22:16
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Oh right, hadn't thought of that. Well anyway, Stern doesn't care if Boston plays us or Orlando or Detroit, they're all weak as far as ratings go.

From the notes section of this article by Phil Jasner: Link

"Maurice Cheeks wasn't ready to commit to whether Reggie Evans or rookie Thaddeus Young would start at power forward tomorrow, but in the portion of yesterday's practice open to reporters Young was working with the first unit. "I was telling Jason [fellow rookie Jason Smith], 'Forget the regular season, I've always wanted to play in the playoffs,' Young said. "That's been my dream" "
I don't know about you, but that motivates me.

I'm glad Mo isn't closing any doors, but I'd much rather be hearing about Willie Green being removed from the starting lineup.

For me, talent-wise, Rasheed is the best Piston. The issue is whether he can get his head in the game. I mean, 1.7 BPG and 1.2 SPG and he traditionally only shows up in the playoffs.

I may be selling Young short here but I am petrified at the thought of Wallace posting up Young and going for his turnaround/fadeaway. One thing I don't think Flip Saunders does enough is take advantage of mismatches and if Rasheed stays out in the perimeter he will be less of a threat.

Defensively Rasheed is a monster. He'll probably rob Dalembert 2 times per game and I think he has an amazing wingspan. I know he's 6'11" but he sure seems to play much longer than that.

You read my mind. I love Thad, but handling either McDyess or Wallace in the post is probably asking too much. Put him in the lineup, but put him in for Willie.

If they do wind up with Thad in the lineup, they need to be fluid in their assignments and let Dalembert take whichever big is down low and have Thad following Sheed or McDyess when they go to the perimeter.

On the offensive end, Thad is obviously an upgrade over Evans and could cause problems for whoever they put on him.

WHERE IS THE YANKEES POST? I NEED TO VENT WE ARE TERRIBLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL THAT GAME WAS SICKENING!!!!


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