In their season ending NBA power rankings, ESPN ranked them third while the NBA ranks them fifth. ESPN – who is apparently not quite as down on the Pistons – notes that if they can power through to the conference finals, they’ll be the first team since the 1982-89 Lakers to reach 6 straight conference finals.
Detroit Bad Boys and Need 4 Sheed have given a shout-out to Depressed Fan as the Philly blog to watch for this series. He’s playing the “no respect” card and makes a case for Sixers in six. My favorite review comes from Free Darko on Deadspin, which begins:
This series doesn’t seem quite as hopeless as Atlanta versus Boston. Instead of having only a snowball’s chance in hell, I’d say the 76ers are more like a large, stubborn block of ice in hell. Still melting, but maybe a bit more slowly.
It ends with a 4-1 Pistons victory, and I’m thinking that sounds just about right.