|Eastern Conference Semifinals|
|Pistons Lead Series, 1-0|
|The Palace of Auburn Hills|
|Jameer Nelson||PG||Chauncey Billups|
|Maurice Evans||SG||Richard Hamilton|
|Hedo Turkoglu||SF||Tayshaun Prince|
|Rashard Lewis||PF||Jason Maxiell|
|Dwight Howard||C||Rasheed Wallace|
If a playoff series doesn't really start until a home team loses a game, then I hope this Eastern Conference Semifinals series gets rolling tonight. The Magic got their hats handed to them in Game One, shooting 33% from the field in the second half en route to a 19-point defeat.
After the game, Matt Watson (and other members of the media) saw Rasheed Wallace and Dwight Howard engage in what he called "one of those handshake/man-hug/chest-bump thing that guys do." Wallace later explained to reporters that he gave Dwight some advice. Whatever it was, Dwight needed it: we stand no chance of winning this series if he continues to go for 12 points and 8 boards, as he did in Game One. Like I told Ryan in a HoopsAddict podcast (give it a listen), Dwight is our X-Factor in this series. He has to make the Pistons pay for single-covering him.
The game tonight is nationally televised on TNT, but it's still a 7:00 PM start. Post your pre-, in-, and post-game comments here.