Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Detroit Pistons

Well this game started the same way the last one ended, with the Cavs running out ahead. The Cavs showed us why they are the #1 team in the East. They had a 24 point lead at the end of the 3rd quarter and that's when it got scary. The Pistons' bench brought them back to within 7 points, but after Mike Brown re-inserted LeBron and the Cavs starts, they were able to seal the deal. LeBron had 29 pts, 13 rebs, and 6 asts. Mo Williams (21 pts, 7 asts, 2 rebs) and Delonte West (20 pts, 4 asts, 3 rebs) carried the load for the Cavs backcourt as the Cavs, for all intensive purposes, won this one easily.

The Pistons looked horriawful again. Only two starters scored in double figures, Rodney Stuckey (14 pts on 15 shots) and Richard Hamilton (17 pts on 16 shots), and the Detroit bigs, Rasheed Wallace and Antonio McDyess (both with 8 points) looked like they were a step slow all game. I never thought that I'd say this, but this Detroit team needs to just forfeit the last two games of this series because it's over. I mean it's really over for this series and for the team next year. I guess the Pistons can continue to blame Allen Iverson for this one too?!?!

Key facts:

- You know it's bad when your back up center and starting power forward intentionally foul LeBron and he sends both of them stumbling away (one even went to the ground). Bill Lambier is crying somewhere today.

- The Cavs bench can't play like this again. Without that 24 point lead, this would have been an 'L'. You can't go scoreless for 9+ minutes and win too many games.

Can a team forfeit games in the playoffs? Should the Pistons? Do they even have a chance to make a game close? Do they get a win in Detroit as this series goes to game 3?

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