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Detroit's defense deflates LeBron in Game 7

Updated: May 22, 2006, 10:06 PM ET
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN Insider

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Thousands of pieces of red, white and blue confetti floated down from the rafters of the Palace after the final buzzer sounded, a celebration ensuing among the Detroit Pistons at center court as LeBron James trudged off hanging his head.

There was ample reason for such a display, the type usually reserved for championship celebrations or conference finals victories.

When you shut down the greatest player remaining in the playoffs, when your calling card is defense ...

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