LeBron, Cleveland Survive Detroit's Comeback Bid

Dan Wheat-RiversContributor IApril 22, 2009

CLEVELAND - APRIL 21:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after a first quarter play while playing the Detroit Pistons in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on April 21, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Cavaliers took a 2-0 series lead last night by defeating the Detroit Pistons 94-82.  The Cavs came out on fire and jumped to an early lead.  Up by 27 at the end of the third quarter, it looked as if the starters were done for the night.

Detroit had other ideas.  They came out shooting well and playing defense to start the fourth quarter and got the lead under 10.  Mike Brown was forced to put his starters back in.

The Cavs starters seemed to have adopted the mindset they were done for the night, so it took them a while to get back into the flow of the game.  Eventually they did, and they started to play the way they're supposed too.

James ended up with 29 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists.  As always, he looked dominate and like he was having fun at the same time.  This is one of the reasons I want to continue to see him walk all the way to the NBA Finals.  I love watching him play.

Don't get me wrong, I love the NBA in general, but watching some of the things LeBron can do is simply amazing.  Unlike some other NBA players, his first instinct doesn't seem to be to score, even though he can score at will.  His first instinct is to get the ball to the player with the best chance of scoring on that possession.  He's also smart enough to know who that is.

I look forward to seeing him for another decade, since he's only 24, but I want his championships to start collecting this year.  I'd love to see him win as many as Bill Russell, but that's crazy talk.