Detroit has had success playing while facing postseason elimination
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Larry Brown was sleepless in suburban Detroit.
The Hall of Fame coach said he felt like he was “one step out of the grave,” the morning after the San Antonio Spurs overcame a four-point deficit in the final 1:25 to beat the Pistons 96-95 in overtime, taking a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals.
“I read a little bit, drove my wife crazy, let the dogs out and got in here kind of early,” Brown said Monday. “I’ll watch the film on the flight to San Antonio, and I already know what that’s going to be like.
“I’m not a good flyer, so one Valium and the film, that’ll get me down to San Antonio.”
The defending champion Pistons are in a familiar position — heading into Game 6 on Tuesday night — and hope to build upon their reputation as a resilient team.
“We’ve had our backs against the wall before,” Tayshaun Prince said. “You don’t want to be in the situation where it happens too many times, but until this point, we have played great in that situation. Hopefully, we can continue to do that.”