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Cavs-Pistons Second Round Playoff Series

Discussion in 'Professional Basketball' started by crazybuckfan40, May 6, 2006.

  1. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Cleveland PD

    5/22

    Pistons' defense overwhelms Cavs in Game 7

    <table class="byln" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="428"> <tbody><tr valign="bottom"> <td class="byln" width="328">5/21/2006, 6:43 p.m. ETBy LARRY LAGE
    The Associated Press</td><td width="3"> </td><td width="97">[​IMG]</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — LeBron James made things rough for the Detroit Pistons. In the end, the two-time defending Eastern Conference champions got it right.
    Coming back from a 3-2 deficit, Detroit eliminated James and the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 79-61 win Sunday in Game 7 of their second-round series.
    "Our slogan is, 'If it ain't rough, it ain't right,'" Richard Hamilton said. "So it was rough for us, and we got the win. Now we're looking forward to the next series."
    James was often sensational throughout the series, but ultimately, the 21-year-old phenom could not help the Cavaliers overcome Detroit's defense, experience and home-court advantage. The Pistons proved — again — that being down does not mean they're out.
    The Pistons held Cleveland to the lowest-point total in a Game 7, and to its worst quarter offensively in franchise playoff history.
    In a rematch of last year's conference finals, Detroit hosts Miami on Tuesday night in Game 1. The Heat have been resting since eliminating New Jersey last Tuesday.
    Detroit, which never trailed, took command of Game 7 with a 19-6 run that started in the third quarter and ended with it ahead 67-52 midway through the fourth.
    The Pistons have been among the NBA's elite for the past four years by clamping down on defense when necessary. That time arrived in the second half against a franchise in the second round for the first time since 1993, and with James in his first postseason.
    "Detroit showed why they are champions, when they turned it up a notch," Cavs coach Mike Brown said.
    James carried the Cavs in the first half, scoring 21 points and outscoring the rest of his teammates, but Cleveland struggled to find open spots on the court to shoot after halftime.

    The Pistons held the Cavs to a franchise playoff-low 10 points in the third quarter, and James didn't make a field goal in the second half until it was too late. His three-point play with 4:42 left in the game cut Cleveland's deficit to 12 points.
    James finished with 27 points, and his teammates failed to give him much support, with only reserve Larry Hughes scoring in double figures with 10 points.
    Meanwhile, the Pistons had their usual balance on offense, with Tayshaun Prince's 20 points followed by Hamilton (15), Rasheed Wallace (13) and Chauncey Billups (12).
    The previous 12 times the Pistons had a chance to win a series, dating to the 2003 playoffs with four of their current starters, they lost only once — last year in Game 7 at San Antonio, where they fell just short of repeating as champions.
    Detroit's current nucleus is 4-1 in Game 7s, with that lone setback last year motivating them to win a league- and franchise-best 64 victories during the regular season.
    The Cavs are 2-1 in Game 7s, with the last decisive game coming in 1992 when James was a 7-year-old kid.
    When the Pistons' seasoned team is in a must-win situation, opponents are usually stifled on offense — and the latest example was no exception.
    The Cavs made just 31 percent of their shots and scored fewer points than any team has this postseason.
    Detroit started and closed the series strong. In between, the teams had one of the tightest matchups in NBA history.
    The Pistons won Game 1 by 27 and the next game by six points. After the Cavs won Game 3, they took the next two by two points each and the Pistons avoided a playoff flop with a two-point victory at Cleveland on Friday night.

    Boston and Philadelphia, in the 1981 Eastern Conference finals, were the only teams to have more than three straight games decided by two or fewer points, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
    The Pistons went for a first-quarter knockout, scoring the first seven points and taking a 19-6 lead with 3:30 left in the period.
    Then, Cleveland punched back.
    The Cavs — with Hughes playing for the first time since Game 2 — scored nine of the last 11 points in the quarter, pulling to 21-15.
    Midway through the second quarter, James slammed an alley-oop lob that Hughes tossed from beyond the 3-point line and made a turnaround jumper to tie the game twice.
    The Pistons clung to a 40-38 lead at halftime.
    James had 21 points in the first half on 10-of-15 shooting, while his teammates combined for just 17 points and missed 19 of 24 shots. Hughes rejoined the Cavs for Game 6, three days after his 20-year-old brother's funeral, but he didn't play. In the first half, the shooting guard had three points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals.
    James wasn't outscored by the rest of the Cavs until Drew Gooden made two free throws in the middle of the third quarter to pull Cleveland to 46-45. Detroit responded by building its first comfortable cushion since the opening minutes, scoring 10 of the last 12 points of the third quarter to go ahead 58-48.
    Notes:@ NBA teams are 77-17 at home in Game 7s. ... The Cavs' previous worst quarter offensively in playoff history was 12 points, a low they reached twice. ... Rasheed Wallace was at the arena more than three hours before the game to get treatment on his right ankle, which he injured in Game 4.
     
  2. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    AP

    5/22

    May 22, 6:05 AM EDT
    Pistons' Defense Overwhelms Cavs in Game 7
    By LARRY LAGE
    AP Sports Writer
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    While Detroit moves on to its fourth straight Eastern Conference finals, the 21-year-old Cleveland Cavaliers superstar is left to ponder his dizzying lesson.
    "They trapped me, they went under screens, they went over screens," said James, who was held to one second-half field goal Sunday in the Cavs' 79-61 Game 7 loss to Detroit. "I've seen almost every defense that I could possibly see for the rest of my career in this series.
    "That's why they're Eastern Conference champions, and that's why they keep winning."
    <!-- BEGIN MEDIA BOX NUMBER 2 --> <table align="right" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="180"> <!-- BEGIN MEDIABOX 9000114 --> <!-- $Id: MediaBox.java,v 1.5 2005/06/15 16:32:32 mike Exp $ --> <tbody><tr> <!-- BEGIN MEDIABOX LEFT SIDE SPACER --> <td>[​IMG]</td> <!-- BOX_BOTTOM MEDIABOX LEFT SIDE SPACER --> <td><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <!-- BEGIN PACKAGE 516301, 'X_BEHAVIORAL_SPORSUB2' --> <!-- $Id: Package.java,v 1.5.2.1 2005/05/12 17:55:36 mike Exp $ --> <!-- BEGIN HTML FRAGMENT ID 3876 --> <!-- $Id: HtmlFragment.java,v 1.2 2005/04/13 16:09:33 mike Exp $- --> <tbody><tr> <td>
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    "There's nobody on his level that can get his teammates involved like he does," said Tayshaun Prince, who led the Pistons with 20 points. "He sees the plays before they even happen, and no one else does that. That's the reason this went seven games."
    The Cavs were down by only two at halftime; then Detroit simply smothered James in the second half and took command with a 19-6 run that started in the third quarter and ended with a 67-52 lead midway through the fourth. James and the upstart Cavaliers were rendered helpless when it mattered most.
    Typical Pistons.
    <!-- BEGIN MEDIA BOX NUMBER 3 --><!-- END MEDIA BOX NUMBER 3 --> The Cavs led 3-2 in the second-round series and had a chance to eliminate the Pistons at home in Game 6 largely because James, who didn't live up to the hype - he surpassed it. But what the Pistons can do on defense - when they choose to play with intensity, like in a closeout game - probably is just as frightening for opponents.
    Detroit held Cleveland to the lowest-point total in any Game 7 in NBA history; the third-lowest total in any playoff game since 1955; and 23 points in the second half, which tied the fewest scored in a postseason half since the shot clock was introduced a half-century ago.
    The Cavs made just 31 percent of their shots and scored fewer points than any team has this postseason.
    Take a look at low-scoring records in NBA history, and you'll see Detroit frequently on almost every list.
    <!-- BEGIN MEDIA BOX NUMBER 4 --> <!-- END MEDIA BOX NUMBER 4 --> "In a pressure situation, you do what you do best, and for us, that's defending," Detroit coach Flip Saunders said. "We locked down."
    In a rematch of last year's conference finals, Detroit hosts Miami on Tuesday night in Game 1. The Heat have been resting since eliminating New Jersey last Tuesday.
    "We can catch our breath for about eight hours," Saunders said.
    The Pistons are the first team to reach the conference finals in four straight years since the Chicago Bulls did it from 1990-93. Detroit has remained among the NBA's elite in recent years by clamping down on defense when necessary; that time arrived in the second half Sunday against a franchise in the second round for the first time since 1993.
    <!-- BEGIN MEDIA BOX NUMBER 5 --> <!-- END MEDIA BOX NUMBER 5 --> James carried the Cavs in the first half, scoring 21 points and outscoring the rest of his teammates, but Cleveland struggled to find open spots after halftime. James finished with 27 points on 11-of-24 shooting.
    The Pistons held the Cavs to a franchise playoff-low 10 points in the third quarter, and James didn't make a field goal in the second half until his three-point play with 4:42 left in the game. By then, it was too late.
    James' teammates didn't help much, with the only double-figures scorer being Larry Hughes, who scored 10 points in his first action since his 20-year-old brother's funeral.
    Meanwhile, the Pistons had their usual balance on offense, with Prince's 20 points followed by Richard Hamilton (15), Rasheed Wallace (13) and Chauncey Billups (12).
    The previous 12 times the Pistons had a chance to win a series, dating to the 2003 playoffs with four of their current starters, they lost only once - last year in Game 7 at San Antonio, where they fell just short of repeating as champions.
    Detroit's current nucleus is 4-1 in Game 7s, with that lone setback last year motivating them to win a league- and franchise-best 64 victories during the regular season.
    The Cavs are 2-1 in Game 7s, with the last decisive game coming in 1992 when James was a 7-year-old kid.
    Detroit started and closed the series strong. In between, the teams had one of the tightest matchups in NBA history.
    The Pistons won Game 1 by 27 and the next game by six points. After the Cavs won Game 3, they took the next two by two points each and the Pistons avoided a playoff flop with a two-point victory at Cleveland on Friday night.
    Boston and Philadelphia, in the 1981 Eastern Conference finals, were the only teams to have more than three straight games decided by two or fewer points, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
    James shot 10-of-15 in the first half, while his teammates combined for just 17 points and missed 19 of 24 shots.
    James wasn't outscored by the rest of the Cavs until Drew Gooden made two free throws in the middle of the third quarter to pull Cleveland to 46-45. Detroit responded by building its first comfortable cushion since the opening minutes, scoring 10 of the last 12 points of the third quarter to go ahead 58-48.
    "They took it up to another level in the second half," Cleveland's Zydrunas Ilgauskas said. "We got real stagnant on offense and they showed us a level we hadn't seen in these playoffs."
    Notes:@ NBA teams are 77-17 at home in Game 7s.. ... Rasheed Wallace was at the arena more than three hours before the game to get treatment on his right ankle, which he injured in Game 4. ... Until Prince came out of the game in the final minute of Game 7, the last time he had a break was in the third quarter of Game 4.
     
  3. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    ABJ

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    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

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    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

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    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

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    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

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    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

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  9. WestEnd

    WestEnd look ma no shoelaces, and I'm down with the KIIING

    ouch. cavs hung with the pistons till 3 minutes left in the third, then they fell asleep and let the pistons pull away. If you would have told me that with 2 minutes left in the game, the pistons would have 75 points, I'd have really liked the cavs chances. The defense was there, but the cavs just couldn't hit a shot.

    If you are shitting on the supporting cast right now, you are an imbecile. If you are bitching about the officiating, you are an imbecile. If it wasn't for the supporting cast, the cavs don't win games 3-5. They played great defense after game 2, and took advantage of their opportunities when they came for 3.9 games (minus flips "rebound" at the end of game 6). Obviously they aren't the showtime lakers, but they played well and deserve credit for their play as a whole during this series and the playoffs.

    Bottom line, the pistons aren't a significantly better team, basketball wise, than the cavs. The pistons are, however, in a TOTALLY DIFFERENT league when it comes to mental toughness, and that's why they beat the cavs yesterday, that's why they should've beaten the cavs in this series, and that's why they are the perenial favorites to win the title year in and year out.
     
    Last edited: May 22, 2006
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  10. buckeyeboy

    buckeyeboy Still fortitudinous

    My complaints with the supporting cast are that they are not good enough to help LeBron win the NBA title. Therefore, your comment that they helped the Cavs win three games in a series that they ultimately lost is non-responsive to my previous post. Maybe next time you should read an entire post and thoughtfully consider what it says before you call someone an "imbecile."
     
  11. Brutus1

    Brutus1 Don't be penurious, donate to the BP Spring Dr.

    Well, since Hughes injured the finger in the preseason, how could he have shown anything ? He played with that finger hurt all year. When healthy, he'll prove that he's a great complement to LeBron.

    Gooden and Murray are gone.

    Varejeo proved in this series that he's a nice complement and will be a big contributer in the future. He's a banger, and outhustles everyone on the court.

    Jones and Donyell can be servicable off the bench.

    What do you want? A team full of all starts? It can't happen. You need those role players to win championships. Aside from MJ and Pippen, the Bulls were loaded with role players. As long as guys know their role and play decent defense, they can win.

    Help! Any decent point guards out there? Anyone?

    Get a point guard, another rebounder and another shooter and this team will be more than ready to compete for a title.
     
  12. Piney

    Piney Stay thirsty my friends Former Game Champion

    LeBron ain't leaving! He would ruin his image that he has created. Really, they almost made the Eastern Conference Finals in his 3rd year? How could he explain that he is leaving his hometown team for what??? And also noting that if LeBron leaves the Cavaliers you can bring in the moving vans because Cleveland will be the first team to relocate. Does LeBron want to be known as the man who forced the Cavs to move out of Cleveland?
     
  13. tibor75

    tibor75 Banned

    What a great series. Lebron came into his own.

    The Cavs Head Coach will be another Doug Collins. He'll be fired in a year or two before the team wins any championships.
     
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  14. Piney

    Piney Stay thirsty my friends Former Game Champion

    Now to the offseason.

    Gooden is gone, not because we wouldn't want him back, but he will demand more than we should pay him. Hopefully we can swing a sign & trade. Then we have to find a backup PF/C that can be an enforcer.

    Flip is gone too, everyone wants him back but why? We just forgot what Hughes did at the start of the year. As long as Hughes is healthy where does Flip get minutes? And Flip wants minutes more than anything and he is parlaying his time here to a decent pay raise and minutes for the Charlotte Bobcats or some other bad team.

    Salary cap wise we are tight. We will have our mid-level exception and that is about it. So if we want to totally change this team it will come through trades. But do we really have to totally makeover this team overnight? Or what we need is Larry Hughes to be fully healthy for the playoffs with no distractions?

    I say we just need to tweak this year. If Gooden is gone and we can bring in a tough bruiser backup we should be fine there. LeBron is LeBron and Hughes is hopefully healthy. The big change will be at Point Guard. Can we trade Gooden away for a real PG? Can we sign one for the mid-level? Do we trade someone else and move up in the NBA draft to get a young PG?

    Now everyone's favorite whipping boy, Z. Z won't be traded. Really who would take him? Actually his salary isn't bad to prevent a trade, but what would we get in return? Also without Z who plays center? That leaves a bigger hole than you can imagine. Yes Z has limitations but we have to find a way to utilize him. We rarely ran plays for him and big centers like that NEED to have plays ran for them. They need to be involved or else they look like Z in these playoffs.

    Which leads me to our biggest need. An offensive guru to help Coach Brown draw up an offense to truly take advantage of our talent. This year our whole offense was "Give LeBron the ball and let him make up plays". Coach Brown has gotten them to sell out for defense but his problem is he is not a great offensive minded coach. He needs help and someone needs to be brought in to create an offense to get this team moving.
     
  15. NJ-Buckeye

    NJ-Buckeye They Hate Us cuz They Ain't Us.. Banners are good Staff Member

    I'm still concerned... about the designated shooters.. and the fact they disappeared when it meant the most... if we had a Scotty Pippen.. we're still alive..

    I have gone full circle on most of these guys... I was thrilled with getting Jones and Henderson.. and was happy with Gooden...

    Jones is a MAJOR disappointment... he can't defend a pole... I now worry when he's on the floor.. the Best Shooter in the World was MIA when it counted...

    I'd rather think Gooden was not his best because of his injury.. but it was his brain injury that disappointed me most... dumb stuff.. real brain fart stuff.. I was very impressed with Marshall... who I was not happy with during the season.. but he really showed up in the playoffs... Same for Snow.. Snow was awesome...

    I see no reason to believe Hughes can stay healthy... track record belies it... Will Jackson ever appear...

    Z is OK... Verejo is OK... but if we're going to be merely slightly above average in the middle we really need a lights-out shooting guard and/or a monster PF.. neither of which do we have... and I'm not sure how you get there from here...
     

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