Observations on a Thursday. The Pistons can still come back. They need to resolve to win game six at home Friday night and then throw fate to the wind for game seven in Boston on Sunday. The Celtics don't look very impressive for a team that went 66-16 during the regular season. They've struggled to sustain consistent play against Detroit and they were most fortunate not to blow game five in the final moments on Wednesday. The Pistons need to take it to Boston immediately in game six, just as they did in game four. I don't think either one of them is as good as the Los Angeles Lakers, who now must be the likely favorite to win the NBA title.
The Red Wings could struggle again in game four at Pittsburgh Saturday. The Penguins must have more confidence now and if they win at home again it's a brand new series with the Wings still holding the home ice advantage. Detroit tends to play well after a loss, however and they could still win game four and then close it out Monday night at Joe Louis Arena in game five.
Just think the Tigers scored six runs in three games in Anaheim and lost two of the three. The starting pitchers have performed well in the last four games and the Tigers have only won once. They swept Seattle earlier in Detroit and now they get three more in Seattle beginning Friday night. The Mariners were awful when we last saw them, so if the Tigers could sweep they could feel better about themselves returning home with four straight wins from a road trip. I didn't think Anaheim was all that great and for that matter, Boston seems to me only the clear cut better team than the Tigers in the American League, even allowing for the fact that the Tigers have played so poorly for much of the season. If Detroit could just find some consistency and start hitting the ball even close to what was predicted at the end of spring training.