Feb 23, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Indiana Pacers small forward Danny Granger (33) drives past Detroit Pistons small forward Khris Middleton (32) during the third quarter at The Palace. Pacers win 90-72. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Season Preview: Indiana Pacers vs Detroit Pistons

UPDATE:  Thank you to all the fantastic readers that have greatly CORRECTED me as I was COMPLETELY wrong about the coaching staff here.  Maurice Cheeks is the current head coach, and I am greatly sorry that I missed read that information.

This is that type of series that if the Indiana Pacers want to become that top team in the Eastern Conference and top overall team, they should dispatch of the Detroit Pistons rather easily.  Sure, there are some nice pieces in Detroit. I’m not too excited about Josh Smith going there. I don’t think he’s anything to build a team around, but he’s there, and that’s just the way they want to go.  Chauncey Billups is back there, but this is years after he was good there.  You have a new coach in Rasheed Wallace.  The same Rasheed Wallace that as a player would rack up technical fouls and generally seemed more of a headache than an actual good piece of the puzzle. When his head was screwed on straight, he could do fine things. But the fact that I talked about his hot headedness should say something about what most people remember about his game.

The Pacers are the more talented team, so there’s little reason to believe this will be a competitive series.  Greg Monroe won’t be able to handle Roy Hibbert in the post.  Who’s going to step up and slow down Paul George when he’s on fire?  David West can handle himself down in the block as well.  All signs point to just a dominant performance by the Pacers.  It wouldn’t surprise me if the series is won by an average of double figures.  That’s how strongly I feel like the Pacers should take care of business.

This Pistons team is some time away from even competing for a playoff spot. I just don’t believe that the new pieces all fit together. I don’t feel strong about the head coach in Rasheed Wallace.  I’m very surprised Billups wanted to head back there, but maybe that shows what kind of market there was for him.  When Josh Smith is the big free agent pick up of your team, I don’t foresee much success for you.  The Pacers are going to run over the Pistons, and it won’t matter in the long run as both teams are in opposite directions.

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