Consecutive seasons that the Pistons have made the Eastern Conference finals, a number that will increase when Detroit ultimately dispatches Chicago - perhaps as soon as this afternoon - in the second round.


Years since the Cavaliers, ahead of the Nets in their second-round series, last played in the Eastern Conference finals.


Years since Moses Malone was named league MVP and his team - the Rockets - lost in the first round of the playoffs. Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki would be the next MVP with that dubious distinction.