Also, I'm too emotionally scarred to talk about the Timberwolves' loss. Sigh. But onto the Lakers and Pistons! And I actually think the Pistons have a shot. Not a great shot, but a shot. Detroit has a knack for making teams play down to their level. They sludge. Their offense is a quagmire, but Los Angeles can't very well avoid that quagmire. Shaq isn't going to get very many easy baskets.
Of course, if Detroit wins in, say, 7, the series will be ABSOLUTELY UNWATCHABLE. It will make the '94 Knicks-Rockets series -- so far, the apotheosis of sludgeball since the invention of the shot clock -- look like a mid-70s ABA All-Star game.