Pistons' Playoff Run Ends In First-Round Sweep

Tracy Heck@believethelie2001@hotmail.comCorrespondent IApril 27, 2009

AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 26:  Antonio McDyess #24 of the Detroit Pistons watches from the bench during the final minuet while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the Palace of Auburn Hills on April 26, 2009 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Cleveland won the game 99-78 to win the series 4-0. 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)

"Rough Season."

These were Rasheed Wallace's only words after his scoreless game in the Detroit Pistons' sweep in the first round of the NBA playoffs Saturday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The losses came after Detroit had made six straight trips to the Eastern Conference Finals and two trips to the NBA Finals including a 2004 championship. It was also Detroit's first opening-round playoff defeat since 2000.

The defeat was just one more disaster in a season full of injuries, in-fighting, personnel changes, lineup changes, and personal losses.

Cleveland Cavaliers 102-Pistons 84 (Round 1 Game 1)

The Pistons opened the playoffs with a strong offensive first quarter. Detroit had 25 points in the first quarter and shot 56 percent. They made their first four shots of the second and were within a point of the Cavaliers before things started to fall apart.

Cleveland went on a 9-1 run late in the second quarter and took a 57-45 lead into halftime. The second half was all Cleveland as the Pistons struggled to make a basket and their defense broke down allowing Lebron James to end up with 38 points. The Pistons bench put up a good showing and Rodney Stuckey finished with 20 points.

Cavaliers 94-Pistons 82 (Round 1 Game 2)

Unlike the first game where the Pistons came out on fire, they opened the second game missing five of their first six shots. They struggled through the first three quarters before their bench was able to get things going.

Will Bynum and Aaron Afflalo turned the game around with Bynum scoring 13 and Afflalo scoring all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter and making it an eight-point game. Unfortunately, after 14 unanswered points by Detroit, James returned to the Cavaliers lineup and helped his team to win.

James ended up with 29 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.

Detroit struggled with foul trouble including two technicals from Kwame Brown and Amir Johnson.

Cavaliers 79-Pistons 68 (Round 1 Game 3)

This was Detroit's best shot at getting back into the series on their home floor and for three quarters they played strong but it wasn't enough. With both Rasheed Wallace and Tayshaun Prince struggling offensively, they had no answer for James.

James scored 11 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and Cleveland's Joe Smith had a career high 19 points.

Cavaliers 99-Pistons 78 (Round 1 Game 4)

Detroit continued the inconsistent play that has been a staple this season. Rip Hamilton, Wallace and Prince, the only remaining Pistons members from the '04 championship, were just 2-of-16 from the floor.

The only shining moments of the game was the stellar play from Stuckey, Antonio McDyess and Will Bynum. The trio were responsible for 62 of Detroit's 78 points.

McDyess, who showed loyalty in resigning with the team after he was traded to Denver was understandably upset, “It was written in stone before we stepped on that court."


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