What to look for: Detroit consistency.
Detroit is arguably the most hard working team in the league and “big boys” teams to get past their very evident team shooting issues. Similar to the acquisition of ‘Sheed during their 2004 championship, the addition of Chris Webber has paid immediate dividends to a team that lacked consistency early in the season. His great sense to create passing lanes helps this team score big buckets after minutes of empty possessions. The roster is packed with battle tested veterans who are ready to make another run at the title that Webber so covets. This is most likely Webber’s last chance to get that June shine.
Strengths and Weaknesses:
Having the best guard tandem in the Association with Billups and Hamilton, the Pistons are going to be a difficult out for whomever they face in what shapes up to be very intriguing playoffs. Who is really going to stop either guard when the game is on the line? The Magic are simply too young to back Detroit into a vulnerable corner. Tayshaun Prince, along with Webber and Antonio McDyess are the X factors that pose constant matchup problems in any situation .