Detroit Pistons vs. Los Angeles Lakers: 2004 NBA Finals by the numbers
Karl Malone vs. Rasheed Wallace
This one wasn’t even close, as Sheed dominated this matchup in every regard. Rasheed’s defense was key in this series and Malone being no threat allowed Sheed to roam around and rack up weakside blocks. The worst part of this prediction in retrospect was calling Malone “cunning,” though I suppose that the fact that he stayed out of prison all of these years does show some amount of cunning. You can Google Karl Malone if you’re not sure what I’m referring to. I’m glad he never won a ring.
Devean George vs. Tayshaun Prince
Tayshaun Prince is one of the most underrated Pistons of all time and this series showed why. Not only did he average 10 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals (doubling George’s numbers) but played outstanding defense on Kobe Bryant, essentially locking him up for the series, forcing him into tough shots and frustrating the all-time great. Nothing was easy for Kobe, who shot just 38 percent in the series, mostly because of the defense of Tayshaun Prince.