Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons, Game Three: How I Saw It
Tonight the Cavs beat the Pistons 79-68 to go up 3-0 in the series. The following is what I saw, as I watched the game unfold.
In the first quarter, the Pistons fed Rasheed Wallace, who struggled against Anderson Varejao. Once upon a time, Rasheed would have taken a guy like Varejao to school. Now? He's taking forced fade away jumpers. Later, Wallace manages to get a technical foul while sitting on the bench. I'd say there's about a week left in the Rasheed Wallace in the Detroit era.
LeBron is fantastic in the passing lanes. I had seen him as a great on the ball defender before, but he has clearly improved.
Rip Hamilton has a huge offensive advantage over Delonte West, but isn't getting nearly enough touches.
Walter Hermann is no match for Joe Smith.
Rodney Stuckey is not a true point guard, but has a chance to be a terrific scoring one, in the mold of Jason Terry.
My vote for Cavs unsung hero—Zydrunas Ilgauskas. He stretches defenses with his solid set shot and is an underrated presence at the back of the Cavs defense.
The Cavs settled for contested jumpers against the Pistons' two-three zone and made no progress.
LeBron has a line of 12/6/5 and it's only halftime.
The halftime score is 45-37 Cavs, but the game doesn't feel nearly that close at all.
Tayshaun Prince is clearly injured. The report is that is ankle and back are hurt. He is taking half steps as he tries to run.
Midway through the third quarter and the Pistons have claimed a one point lead. The Cavs' starting back court has a combined two points.
The officials look like they're trying to keep Detroit in the game. LeBron and Varejao are getting mugged every play.
Interviewing coaches between quarters is one of the most ridiculous things I can think of.
Midway through the final quarter, the Cavs seem to be pulling away. LeBron can't be stopped, not on this night anyway.
The Cavs outscore the Pistons 26-15 in the fourth quarter and win going away 79-68, putting the Cavs up 3-0 in the series and look to be cruising.
No NBA team has ever come back from 3-0. The Pistons are done.
Soon their roster will look much different, as the team figures out how to move forward as Rasheed Wallace and Allen Iverson move on.
I will miss this core of Pistons of the last seven years. They have been one heck of a team.
As for tonight, this was a heck of a game... for three quarters.
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