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Rasheed Messes With Sixers' Huddle, Then Misses Game-Tying Shot

Apr 21, 2008 – 3:05 PM
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Brett Pollakoff

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It's pretty hard to pile on Rasheed Wallace after the numbers he put up in his team's Game 1 loss to the Sixers. His stat line of 24 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks was pretty much the only one in the Pistons' box score that looked like it came from someone who knew that this was a playoff game. But heading into the Sixers' huddle -- when your team's down two with 11 seconds to play -- didn't exactly give me the confidence that 'Sheed was focused on the task at hand.

If the situation was reversed, and the Sixers were the ones who needed to score, I can see why it might be beneficial to try to get in their heads by interrupting their huddle like that. But with your team down, shouldn't you be more focused on whatever play you're about to run to try to tie the game?

This was a microcosm of what was going on with the entire Pistons' team all day. They repeatedly had conversations with their former teammate Flip Murray during the game, who was sitting courtside. No one doubts that the Pistons have more talent than a Sixers team that finished with a sub-.500 record, but their focus might be worse than some teams who didn't even make the playoffs.

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