A clean sweep with much better effort: Cavaliers 104, Pistons 79

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A clean sweep with much better effort: Cavaliers 104, Pistons 79


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Facing the Pistons at home, the Cavaliers knew they could probably get by with yet another lazy effort and still win. But, to their credit, the Cavaliers showed a much more inspired effort in their dismantling of the Pistons and gaining their first sweep over the Pistons in 30 seasons. The wine and gold had six in double figure scoring, and they led by as many as 29 in the fourth quarter which the starting five was allowed to sit. The all-around team effort lowered the Cavs' magic number to clinch homecourt throughout the playoffs to just eight and extended the win streak to seven games.

Knocking down great looks: That's pretty much what the Cavaliers did starting in the first quarter and continuing throughout the game. LeBron looked in rhythm early with two long jumpers, and Mo Williams hit several long shots as well. Getting out and running a little bit helped the Cavs distance themselves from the offensively limited Pistons. LeBron, Mo, and Antawn Jamsion each had six plus points in the first quarter, and the Cavaliers were off and running. I really feel for John Kuester, who knows this team so well and still can't do anything to stop them because he lacks the personnel. Let's face it, the Pistons really messed up by trading Chauncey Billups and then signing Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva in free agency. Looking back, it's no contest that the Cavaliers benefited by signing Varejao instead of Villanueva, who has continued his "get stats in meaningless minutes" approach and is playing BEHIND a rookie in Jonas Jerebko. Instead of saving their cap space, they settled for consolation prizes, and they lack a star to move forward with into the future.

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