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Question of the Day

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 100-87, in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to clinch the third championship in franchise history. The Pistons' 100-point output was the only such performance from either team in the Finals.

Now that the series is over, we asked our experts the following question:

What ultimately led to the demise of the Lakers?

Greg Anthony
It's time to stop asking what the Lakers did wrong and start giving all the credit -- and I mean ALL -- to the Pistons. Simply put, Detroit is a better basketball team. They are a complete team, one that is as complete defensively as any I have ever seen, and for the first time since the 1979 Seattle SuperSonics, we have an NBA champion that did not have a player who was arguably the best in the league.

But the trio of Tayshaun Prince, Ben Wallace and Rasheed Wallace are arguably the best shot-blockers at their respective positions and all three have the versatility to guard perimeter players and provide tremendous help all over the floor. But most importantly, the Pistons never take a possession off and have learned to play the right way offensively. They are a complete team that will only get better.

Dr. Jack Ramsay
The biggest flaw for the Lakers in the NBA Finals was their defense. The Pistons are not a team that should score as freely as they did, but to the Pistons' credit, they exploited all the weaknesses of the Lakers' defense: the screen-and-roll, the curls and the transition game. Detroit got the maximum from what Los Angeles allowed which is a great tribute to Pistons coach Larry Brown and his game plan.

Byron Scott
The fact is the Pistons were a better all-around basketball team in this series. Detroit was better in every facet of the game: offense, defense, rebounding. The Pistons were just better man-for-man than the Lakers and that is the reason they are NBA champions.

Tom Tolbert
The Detroit Pistons led to the demise of the Lakers. It's not what the Lakers didn't do; it's what the Pistons did. They are younger, faster, deeper, more athletic and simply a better team. The Pistons were more aggressive and did everything right in this series.