Last month, ESPN football analyst Tom Jackson was in the middle of a controversy for saying he picked against the Jets in an effort to motivate them to beat the Patriots. On Wednesday, the Pistons extended the Cavaliers' losing streak to 26 games, and afterward the Detroit players credited ESPN's Tim Legler for inspiring them. Legler predicted a Cavs victory.
"Tim Legler, we heard you," Pistons forward Tracy McGrady said. "You gave us some bulletin-board material. We used that."