Scouting Report: Pistons vs. Pacers

Updated: May 24, 2004, 1:07 PM ET
By Brian James | Special to ESPN Insider
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Brian James, a former assistant coach with the Pistons, Raptors and Wizards, spent the 2003-'04 season scouting for the SuperSonics. Insider tapped his NBA expertise to break down each playoff series.

When two teams are so competitive, with All-Star caliber players, games usually are decided by turnovers, missed free throws, and the ability to create steals and avoid mistakes. That said, the best defensive team almost always wins.