No seventh game necessary: the Pistons closed out the Bulls in Chicago last night by a score of 95-85 to earn their fifth consecutive trip to the Eastern Conference finals, where they'll face either the Cavs or the Nets. And by "face" I mean "defeat." And by "either the Cavs or Nets" I mean "the Cavs."
Anyway, it was the usual balanced attack by the Pistons — everybody had someteen points and helped out on the boards. Chauncey Billups was a liability from the field (3-for-12) but made all 14 of his free throws in scoring 21 points. The Bulls, who have outstanding players like Kirk Heinrich, Ben Gordon, Luol Deng, and Andres Nocioni, were led by… 35-year-old P.J. Brown? Yikes. Brown scored 20 points for Chicago, which is both surprising and, I'd think, a bad omen in any win-or-go-home game.
On tonight's docket: a couple of crucial Games Six. The undercard is Cavs-Nets at 7:00 Eastern, while the title bout — Suns at Spurs — tips off at 9:30. Omigodomigodomigod so nervous!!! I'm not even sure I can watch the late game. Game 5 kinda broke me. I'm filled with too much hatred and anger and passion. And Slim Jims. It's what makes me such an amazing lover. The anger and passion, not the Slim Jims, that is. Although there's something to be said for spicy liquid beef wrapped in edible plastic.