Game 1's gonna set the tone for this series. I really think it's either gonna be an easier than expected win for Celtics in 5, or a hard-fought gritty series won by Detroit in 6 or 7.
Like I said in previous posts, Celtics' weakness has been going against teams with prolific scorers that can take over a game: Johnson with Hawks, and LeBron with Cavs. They've had 14 games going against that type of offense so Detroit's well-balanced and obviously more experienced offense might surprise the Celtics at first. But is some way I believe the Celtics are breathing a sigh of relief knowing that they're done guarding lights-out scorers. This would be a great series cos they're equally matched. The biggest advantage of the Pistons would be that they are playoff-tested with the same core for several years now. Rondo is going to have to step up in this series or else he's gonna get burned by Billups. I have this feeling Doc is gonna use Posey more often and make him guard Chauncey ala-Bowen guarding Nash, while Pierce runs the point (which he effectively did in Game 7 against LeBron).
If only one or two of the Celtics Big Three show up, they're in deep ****. If Billups reinjures, Pistons are done.
This year's East and West Conference Finals would be 20 times more exciting than last year's (Cavs vs Pistons and Jazz vs Spurs).
If I would give titles to this year's matchups, it would be:
Celtics vs Pistons: "Vindication vs Redemption"
Lakers vs Spurs: "Destiny vs Legacy"