Monday, April 21, 2008

Come on Boys!

Detroit Quickly Finds Itself On Edge

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Boredom has not settled in.

Heck, it's only the first game of the playoffs.

And like they've said in past playoff runs, the Detroit Pistons insisted there's no need to hit the panic button following their 90-86 loss to the upstart Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of a best-of-seven playoff series on Sunday.

The Pistons lost an important game, and with it home-court advantage. But they said they haven't lost perspective.

"We expected a tough series," Pistons coach Flip Saunders said. "We're disappointed, we're upset, we're mad, all those things. They way we play, not turn the ball over, grinding things out -- we should win those games; we didn't. They played hard. I thought that we're extremely aggressive, and it's not that we lost the game, they beat us. There is no question about it."

The main question now is if the second-seeded Pistons can regain their focus for a must-win Game 2 on Wednesday at the Palace.

Few expect the Pistons to lose this series. And even though the Pistons stumbled out of the playoff gate, their track record suggests it's highly likely they'll advance.

But the simple fact that the Pistons dropped their playoff opener gave reason to question their mind-set, which has cost them in the past. As talented and successful as the Pistons have been, you still don't know what you'll get from them on a given night.

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