May 21, 2003

Two points down. Two games down. Two bad.: "You can't win if you can't hold a lead at home." The Nets edge the Pistons 88-86 in a deja vu finish.

posted by kirkaracha to basketball at 09:34 AM - 3 comments

I was watching towards the end of both games and really, even as a Nets fan, I couldn't believe my eyes. Props for beating Philly but I guess in the NBA teams need to move up one rung at a time.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:50 PM on May 21, 2003

I only saw the first one and, as a Pistons fan, I'm surprised little to nothing has been written about the flagrant foul called on Mehmet Okur at the end of Game 1 (fouling Rodney Rogers on a fast break). I actually missed the play, but saw all the replays that followed immediately afterward. It doesn't seem at all as if he was not playing the ball, which would be the prereq for the flagrant... It seemed to be the final momentum killer. Tom Tolbert TOTALLY jinxed them, though - right when they finished their run that put them up by 10, he said "A 10-point lead is HUGE in a game like this" and they lost the whole thing.

posted by BobbyLove at 03:50 PM on May 22, 2003

Oh, and also, I'm not sure why Detroit sportswriters have immediately decided that New Jersey is the better team. They are, of course, but Detroit is, in some ways, playing better this series than they did in the first two (with the exception of actually closing Philly out in Game 6, when most pundits thought Iverson would not lose that game).

posted by BobbyLove at 03:51 PM on May 22, 2003

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