Irr-Rash-ional Thinking

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By Matt Benjamin 

Irr-Rash-ional Thinking


Ouch.
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That’s what happens when you talk. And then talk some more. And then get a few more words in (cough Rasheed cough). Convincing everyone everywhere, those affiliated with basketball and those who have never heard of it, that the Pistons will win Game 4. But then your team, and you individually, lay a huge egg.Â
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Easter was weeks ago Rasheed, so what gives? After all that talk, you scored 7 points? The series is tied 2-2. L-Bron, and the Cavaliers have won the last two games! It’s time for you to shut up and play. And I mean play better. Cause clearly you were out there, contributing to the lackluster effort that resulted in the Pistons second consecutive loss to those pesky Cavaliers from Cleveland.Â
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Of course I don’t blame this loss solely on Rasheed, it’s a team effort. However, he did make the comments. He was the one opening his mouth after the Game three loss, leading to the bulletin board material that may have lit an extra spark under the Cavs you-know-what. So don’t be surprised if others put the brunt of the blame on his back.
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In his defense he was 4-0 in the playoffs when making his all-to-familiar Guaran-Sheed. Most impressive to note, was his guarantee that Detroit would beat Miami last year in Game six. With a record like that, it almost becomes necessary for him to occasionally make the comments. The rest of the starting five admits to getting fired up from Rasheed’s outlandish comments. It was becoming a sure thing for the Pistons.
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This time, it seemed to fire up the wrong team, as the Cavs were able to swarm Detroit’s potent offense (looking like Detroit’s defense), holding them to 72 points and shooting only 33 percent from the field.
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Still Don’t Worry


It is reported that at one point, the Quicken Loans Arena “Kiss Cam” featured the Detroit bench. Rasheed proceeded to try and kiss the lips on Billups. The end result is unclear.Â
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However, this tells me one thing. This team is still relaxed. This team is still confident. Look for them to rebound strong at home (literally as well), as they will take the pivotal Game five. With all that being said, the task at hand will not be easy. It was no accident that the Pistons were unable to score in the last 3:22 of regulation. However, I am confident that they will come out flying, with a game plan that will more efficiently end the Cavaliers stingy defense. Prediction – DET 96 CLE 91
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