During the season, NBA.com editors Darren Misener, Martin Sumners and Jim Reilly will be keeping you updated on all the best news and content from around the 30 team sites in the Conference Call Blog. This is the second edition for the Eastern Conference. | East, Week 1 | West, Week 1

By Jim Reilly


Have Chauncey and the Pistons seen the light this season?
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The Pistons were none too happy about being eliminated by LeBron James and the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals, with GM Joe Dumars pointing to "way too much complacency around here." Keith Langlois' Pistons.com blog examines the new-found focus in Detroit, which has resulted in three straight victories to open the 2007-08 campaign.

Team leader Chauncey Billups knocked down a clutch game-winning free throw against Atlanta on Sunday, completing a nice fantasy line for the former NBA Finals MVP, and Head Coach Flip Saunders relishes playing eight of his first 10 games on the road, where Detroit thrived last season. "Our guys are aware of our road trip," said Saunders. "We approach it from the standpoint of 'Let's take care of ourselves.'"

The other 3-0 club in the East, the Indiana Pacers, are grinning and bearing it, according to Pacers.com's Conrad Brunner. Literally. Mike Dunleavy Jr. took eight stitches in the lip against the Heat and promptly scored 15 points, grabbed seven boards, dished out three assists and made three steals in Indy's victory over Miami.


Poignant Paul Pierce
"The only thing I wish is that Red could have been here," said Paul Pierce during an emotional opening night in Boston, chronicled by Celtics.com.

Stuff Happens
Magic.com takes a different angle on Opening Night coverage, as mascot STUFF blogs about Blue Man Group, the Dunking Dancers and the Dwight Howard and Rashard Lewis Show.

Courting Success
Knicks.com completes the Opening Night festivities with an interesting way to court fans: Constructing a makeshift hoop outside of Madison Square Garden for an impromptu shooting competition on Seventh Ave.

Sussman Goes Gonzo
Nets.com's Gary Sussman went all Hunter S. Thompson with his piece on the trip down the New Jersey Turnpike to Philly.

Famous Last Words
Hawks.com introduced The Last Word with Lang Whitaker, a blogger with Slam Magazine and SI.com street cred.

No Extension, No Problem
Bobcats.com says that Emeka Okafor is prepared for breakout season in Charlotte.

No VISA, No Problem
Cavs.com reports that Sasha Pavlovic is ready to hit the court in Cleveland after signing a contract and filing some paperwork.

Turn Off That TV!
Bucks.com sheds light on a unique way to foster good team chemistry: Turn off the Boob Tube.

Cool Luol
Luol Deng discusses being named co-captain of the club along with Kirk Hinrich, the importance of building a strong core and some guy named Kobe.

Wise Words
Wizards.com links to Washingtonwizardsblog.com where the theme is New Week -- New Start.

Just Can't Wait
Sixers.com highlights the progress of Lou Williams, a third-year player hungry to hit the court.