Bucks couldn't match Pistons' bulk

Updated: April 30, 2004, 3:17 PM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Milwaukee Bucks small forward Desmond Mason could have practiced his jump shot until the wee hours of Thursday morning, and although it may have helped his 37 percent shooting in Thursday night's game and 33 percent shooting for the series, it wouldn't have changed the fact that he was giving up 18 pounds to Ben Wallace every time he drove the lane.

The Pistons were just too big.

"That's a damn good basketball team in that other locker room," Bucks guard Damon Jones said in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel after the Pistons eliminated the Bucks from the playoffs. "I haven't given them credit all series long; I hope you (reporters) didn't expect me to. Those guys have a lot of experience in that locker room, playoff-wise. They're playoff-tested. They have some guys who really understand the game. Tonight, they came out and imposed their will on us."