The basketball media horde is on it's collective knees, happily deep-throating the Pistons. Now that they're 7-0, there's already talk about them possibly winning 70+ games, breaking the record for most consecutive wins to open the season (15), winning the NBA title, and turning all evil in the world into delicious candy.
Why do sports writers get so excited? Isn't there anything else to write about? Aren't there any new angles?
To me, this quick start by the Pistons is very reminiscent of the 1992-93 Portland Trailblazers. After losing in the finals the previous year (as did the Pistons), Portland won their first 8 games, which included a route of the Phoenix Suns, who would go on to win 62 games - most in the league that year. And I remember during that opening stretch everyone predicted that the 'Blazers were going to get over
the hump and win the title that year.
Instead, they lost 8 of their next 15 games, finished with 51 wins (third in their division behind Phoenix and Seattle), and got bounced by San Antonio in the first round.
The point? It's early people. There's plenty of time for the Pistons
to fall apart.Edit:
The Pistons bid for the best start ever was halted after eight games, thanks to a 37-point drubbing by the Dallas Mavericks. Yes, you read that correctly.