The Conference Finals of the 2008 NBA playoffs finally got underway with the home teams drawing first blood. The Lakers just BARELY edged the Spurs, 89-85 in Los Angeles to take a 1-0 series lead in the Western Conference finals after the Celtics beat Detroit, 88-79, to take their 1-0 series lead in Boston.
And just because I’m still rooting for the Detroit Pistons to win it all this year, let’s take a quick look at the 2008 NBA Eastern Conference Finals and if you’re a Piston fan like myself, pray with me that the Pistons do steal homecourt from the Celtics in Game 2.
Homecourt advantage, that’s the very thing these Boston Celtics hold so dearly. The Celtics are a perfect 9-0 at home in the playoffs and while they have lost every single road game they had in the postseason this year, the Celtics can still win the title as long as they keep on winning in Boston with homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs secured.
The Celtics are 0-6 on the road with both best-of-seven series wars with Atlanta and Cleveland going the full seven games before earning the ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Detroit Pistons. Yep, while the Celtics are virtually invincible in Boston, they are very very BEATABLE away from it.
That’s probably why stealing homecourt advantage away from Kevin Garnett and the rest of the Boston Celtics have become a premium in these playoffs. The Pistons have the chance to do just that in Game 2 this Thursday night. If the Pistons win Game 2, they will push the Celtics to do something they’ve never done before this year, and that’s win a playoff game on the road.
If these Celtics can’t win away from Boston, who will expect these guys to win a playoff game at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan against Rasheed Wallace and his Pistons? Yep, Game 2 could very well be a HUGE game for both teams. Hell, this game may decide how this series goes.
The key of course for the Pistons in Game 2 is Chauncey Billups. After going out with a right hamstring injury in the second round against Orlando, Billups came back and played Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Boston. STILL, after only scoring 9 points, you have to wonder if that right hamstring of his has really healed.
We’ll find out soon enough.
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