After checking with the NBA office, it's now official, this reporter's pick of Detroit beating the 76ers in five games can't happen.
The Sixers made sure of foiling that prediction with Friday's 95-75 pounding of the Pistons to take a two games to one lead in their best of seven series.
It helped to be energied by the crowd, but the Sixers also made the Pistons look like a tired, old team.
Detroit has the capability to come back in this series, but not if the Pistons don't show more energy.
All the talk this series was how the Sixers would struggle in the half-court offense.
Well, Detroit missed 17 consecutive field goal attempts beginning early in the third quarter.
The Sixers made the Pistons look their age, which is old. While Andre Iguodala continues to struggle with his shot, the Pistons Chauncey Billups isn't faring much better. Billups, a notorious Sixers-killer, shot just 2 for 11 and is shooting just 30.8 percent for the series.
It's surprising to see a Pistons team that prides itself on taking care of the ball, commit 25 turnovers.
Considering how dominant Detroit was in Wednesday's 105-88 win, this may have been one of the Sixers most impressive victories.
It also was their best defensive effort of the season.
And now the Sixers are likely laughing at all who picked the Pistons in five. And those who made those picks, deserve any jeers for once again underestimating the will and ability of the surprising Sixers.