Detroit Pistons: Just Win (one) Baby!

Ray StoneCorrespondent IApril 15, 2009

CLEVELAND - FEBRUARY 22:  Anderson Varejao #17 of the Cleveland Cavaliers tries to get a shot off past Rasheed Wallace #30 of the Detroit Pistons on February 22, 2009 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won the game 99-78. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Pistons fans, we are not used to this.

Detroit is a proud franchise with a rich tradition.  In fact, I don’t know if I can recall them getting swept out of a playoff series. 

This year they have limped into the playoffs as an eighth seed, with a sub .500 record.  They are going to face the team with the best record in basketball. 

Some Cleveland fans are probably out shopping for brooms as we speak.

This series, assuming the Cavs do defeat the Pistons, will be the last time for several guys in Detroit blue and red.  Many changes figure to be made in the offseason.

The question is; is that offseason only four games away?

I would love to see the team dig deep and come up with a win or two against the young, hungry Cavaliers.  They have absolutely nothing to lose, as no one really expects them to win.

Most experts are predicting a sweep. 

It is easy to play loose when you have no pressure on you whatsoever.  Over the years, these Pistons have come to embrace the "us against the world" mantra. 

But it has never been quite like this.

The past six years, en route to the Conference championship round, the Pistons would put away their first round opponents fairly easily. 

We would crush the under .500 team in the East, who really didn’t deserve to be in the playoffs, and be looking ahead to the next rounds.

The tables have now turned and we are that team.

Now can we avoid being crushed?

There is nothing wrong with losing a hard fought series to a better basketball team.  No shame in that.  

I just hope the Pistons haven't thrown in the towel and given up.  Underdogs can still bite you know? 

Let’s just hope the team hasn’t quit and they come out and show the pride that has become synonymous with Detroit basketball.

In all actuality, anything can happen.  We could go in there and steal game one,  rattle the young Cavs, take the series from them in six—shock the world! 

But if not all that, lets at least win one baby!     

(And regardless of what happens, Michael Curry has to go.)