Speaking in a world where time travel is currently not possible, Wallace said on a podcast earlier this week that his Pistons could stop Golden State’s unprecedented postseason run because the level they played defensively isn’t something the Warriors have seen this year. Sheed’s Pistons were the best defensive team in the NBA that season, allowing just 84.3 points per game, playing almost the exact opposite style that these Warriors play.
Wallace spoke to Taylor Rooks on her Time Out podcast, where the host asked about comparing this year’s Warriors team to the 2004 Pistons team that won it all. That’s when Wallace said they’d “run through them.”
“Oh, we’d run through them,” Wallace said. “Not even close. We play defense.”
Slam has the transcript of the conversation, which included a question about how Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown has compared the two teams in the past.
“I think the Warriors’ defensive strategy is, I’ma put up more shots than you. And if you try to match that, then you assed out because they got exceptional shooters.
“So that’s their whole defensive thing. I don’t call it good defense if the man came down and he shot a jump shot or shot a three and missed it, and the Warriors went back down to the other end and scored it.
“That’s not good defense, and that’s what happens a lot in this game now. They’re not shutting nobody down. Even though you can’t shut a scorer down—you can slow him down.”