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Letters 09-29-2014

Benishek Doesn’t Understand

Congressman Benishek claims to understand the needs of families, yet he wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would cause about 10 million people to lose their health insurance. He must think as long as families can hold fundraisers they don’t need insurance...

(Un)Truth In Advertising

Constant political candidate ads on TV are getting to be too much to bear 45 days before the election...

Rare Tuttle Rebuttal

Finally, I disagree with Stephen Tuttle. His “Cherry Bomb” column in the 8/4/14 issue totally dismayed me. I always love his wit and the slamming of the 1 percent. His use of fact and hyperbole highlights the truth; until “Cherry Bomb.” Oh man, Stephen...

Say No To Fluoride

Do you or your child’s teeth have white, yellow, orange, brown, stains, spots, streaks, cloudy splotches or pitting? If so, you may be among millions of Americans who now have a condition called dental fluorosis...

Questions Of Freedom

The administration’s “Affordable Health Care Act” has ordered religious orders to provide contraception and chemical abortions against the church’s God given beliefs and teachings … an interesting order, considering the First Amendment’s clear prohibitions...

Stop The Insults & Talk

I found it interesting that Ms. Minervini used the Northern Express to push the Safe Harbor agenda for a 90-bed homeless shelter in Traverse City with a tactic that is also being utilized by members of the city commission. Those of us who oppose the project are being labeled as uncompassionate citizens...

Roads and Republicans

Each time you hit a road crater while driving, thank the “nerd” and the Tea Party controlled Republican legislature.

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Pistons will not stand the Heat

George Foster - May 26th, 2005
So, we got what we wanted. The defending NBA champs Pistons eliminated Indiana last night as expected.
The two best teams in the Eastern Conference, Detroit and Miami, will play for the right to move on and play in the NBA Finals. Hey, we’ve got a rivalry here: Big Daddy Shaq vs. Big Ben Wallace, South Beach glitter vs. factory blue collar, Flash Wade vs. Rip Hamilton, North vs. South.
Relatively trim at 7’2” 325 lbs., Shaq O’Neil is the key to the series. With an injured thigh muscle, O’Neil has missed several games down the stretch of this season. I believe he will suit up for every game, though probably at about 50% to 75% of his ability.
Shaq at only half of his physical capacity is still one of the best players in the NBA. When running on all cylinders, he is the most dominant basketball player in history. If you disagree, try imagining Wilt Chamberlain or Kareem Abdul Jabbar battling the defenses emphasized in this modern era. No contest, O’Neil is the best.
Fortunately for the Heat, they acquired rough and tumble Alonzo Mourning as insurance for O’Neil this season. For short stretches, Mourning is still an All-Star center. Together, O’Neil and Mourning equal one healthy, unstoppable force.
Drafted two years ago behind Darko Milicic, Miami’s Dwayne Wade has already become the best point guard in the league. Wade is so good that Miami would have a chance to beat Detroit - without Shaq. Detroit has no answer for Wade. He is quicker and stronger than any of their guards and almost unstoppable when the game is on the line in the last few minutes.
Unlike the L.A. Lakers, where Shaq toiled last season, the Miami Heat play as a team. Remember how the Pistons’ defense stymied Kobe Bryant when he hogged the ball for long stretches during last year’s NBA Finals? Why do you think Shaq and Coach Phil Jackson both left the Lakers after their humiliating performance against the Pistons? Like Detroit, Miami plays defense and without ego.
The Heat offer much more than two of the best players in the league. Another ex-Laker, Eddie Jones, is just one more option Miami can turn to for scoring. A demon on defense, whomever Jones covers is in for a low-scoring series. Guard Damon Jones is a deadly three-point shooter and Heat forward, Udonis Haslem, is Ben-Wallace-like in his quest for rebounds.
One of Miami’s big advantages over Detroit in this series is their depth. Their bench is flooded with role players like Mourning, Keyon Dooling, Christian Laettner, Michael Doleac, and even MSU’s Steve Smith, who can all fill in with a big game. The Pistons rely mostly on their starters and they should be gasping for air the longer this series endures.
Despite all the reasons stated above, Detroit will not go away easily. They are a prideful, resilient team that thrives when their backs are against the wall. This series will be a war, played out over seven games. When the dust clears - expect the Miami Heat to be still standing. Barely.
 
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