- Bill Walton, NBA analyst
May 18, 2005 marked the 25th anniversary of the Mount St. Helens volcanic eruption. Over the past few days we've witnessed record floods in Yosemite and now solar flares have sparked unprecedented celestial light shows. All these occurrences can only signal the arrival of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and the reigning world champion Detroit Pistons. This is like two gigantic tectonic plates grinding against each other.
With the ultimate prize of the Larry O'Brien Trophy now in sight, the NBA marathon has now come down to a two-week sprint. The pretenders have all been pushed aside and now we're down to what the NBA playoffs are all about. Two great teams head to head with no excuses.