LeBron's legend, Pistons' legacy at stake in Game 7

Updated: May 22, 2006, 2:53 PM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN Insider
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- One of two things is about to happen: Shaq, D-Wade and Co. will be heading up this way Monday morning, or LeBron James and company are flying straight from here to South Beach.

It's all down to one game in the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers set to go at each other one final time Sunday afternoon to decide who gets to move on to face the Miami Heat.

If it's Detroit, we get a rematch of last year's classic Eastern Conference finals series, Detroit's poise and precision winning out in the final two minutes of Game 7, which turned out -- at least for the time being -- to be the final playoff game coached by Stan Van Gundy and the final Game 7 won by Larry Brown.

We're likely to get that rematch if the folks in Vegas, who installed Detroit as a nine-point favorite for Sunday's game, are correct. But the oddsmakers have been overly enamored of the two-time defending conference champions during this series, too dismissive of the upstarts from 150 miles down the road. This series has turned into a tossup, and which is better team is nowhere near as clear-cut as it seemed two weeks ago.


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