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Official Pistons vs Cavaliers thread

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Lebron James

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ThaGeNeCySt said:
never in a millions years would i ever think the Cav's could take a 3-2 lead on the Pistons... game 6 & 7 should be some real tight close games... can't wait for tommorow.
Me too...
 
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ThaGeNeCySt

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if the cavaliers can pull out a victory tonight.. then the NBA championship is definately up for grabs.
 

Babe_Ruth

Sultan of Swat
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If the Pistons don't go to the finals I think that the west is going to win the championship. Come on Cavaliers let's et this victory so Rasheed Wallace can eat is words.
 

Vegito728

Registered Member
Okay here's my review of game 6.


No NBA team enjoys life on the edge quite like the Detroit Pistons.

Minutes away from witnessing their spectacular season come crashing down Friday night, they stepped up like champions.

They almost always do.

Summoning all their postseason experience and making every big play down the stretch, the Pistons beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 84-82 to even their series and force a decisive Game 7.



The Pistons' biggest win of 2006 wasn't secure until the final tick of the clock, when a free throw intentionally missed by LeBron James was nearly tipped into the basket by Detroit's Chauncey Billups -- another unlucky bounce for the Cavs.



The series finale will take place on Sunday at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Mich., where until Game 5 of this series, the Pistons had looked invincible. Before the closing minutes in Game 6, it appeared Detroit might be headed home for good.

Rasheed Wallace, whose Game 4 prediction of a victory and quick end to the series backfired, scored 24 points, Richard Hamilton had 17 and Billups 15 for the Pistons, who grabbed several key offensive rebounds in the final minutes to deny the Cavaliers a trip to the Eastern Conference finals against Miami.

James finished with 32 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. But Cleveland's superstar had seven turnovers and he and his teammates weren't able to beat the Pistons to loose balls in the final three minutes.

The underdog Cavaliers, who had won three straight in the series, missed a chance to put away the Pistons and now have to come up with another win in the NBA's toughest arena.

Detroit has made a habit of winning Game 6s with its season on the line.

Last year, the Pistons were down 3-2 in the conference finals before rallying to beat Miami in seven games. In 2004, they won Game 6 at New Jersey and then ousted the Nets in Game 7. A year earlier, Detroit won a Game 6 at Orlando and then ended the Magic's season in the next game.

Rasheed Wallace, who has spent the series talking trash, has no regrets about any bold statements or guarantees.



Trailing 77-76 after two free throws by James, Wallace flung up a shot off the glass in the lane and was fouled, and his three-point play gave the Pistons a lead they would never let go.

After James was stripped on a spin in the foul lane, Billups hit a jumper from the top of the key as the 24-second shot clock expired, giving Detroit an 81-77 lead with 2:21 remaining.

James, driving to the hoop every chance he could, made four straight free throws to pull the Cavaliers within 83-81 with 1:04 left. Wallace missed a jumper, but Tayshaun Prince tipped the ball to Hamilton, allowing the Pistons to kill more time.

Wallace missed again, but Hamilton ran down the long rebound in the corner before the Cavs fouled Wallace.

Detroit's motor-mouthed forward missed both free throws, but Cleveland's Flip Murray couldn't corral the rebound and Billups was put on the line. He split a pair with 10.1 seconds left, giving the Cavaliers a final chance.

With his team needing a 3-pointer to tie, Cleveland coach Mike Brown screamed for his team to call a timeout, but before the Cavs could, James was fouled with 1.4 seconds to play. James, who went 15-of-18 from the line, swished the first.

He pushed the second one left on purpose and Zydrunas Ilgauskas -- with an unlikely assist from Billups -- nearly got a miraculous bounce off the top of the glass.

When it didn't drop, the Pistons charged off the bench and for the first time in days, could crack a few smiles.


The Cavaliers welcomed back guard Larry Hughes, who had missed three games following the death of his younger brother, Justin.

After talking it over with his mother, Hughes decided late Thursday night to further honor his brother by going to Game 6.



Hughes was activated and dressed but didn't play.

He gave James an extra long hug before the opening tip, whispering something into his teammate's ear.

And here are some game notes
James can sign a five-year contract extension worth about $75 million this summer, and all signs indicate he'll do so once the Cavaliers present one to him on or after July 1. .James received his All-Star game MVP trophy on Thursday. It was damaged during shipping in February and had to be repaired. ... Rasheed Wallace, who sprained his right ankle in the Game 4 he "Guaran-Sheed," rode a stationary bike in the tunnel during the first quarter to try and stay loose. ... The Cavaliers are 2-0 in Game 7s, winning the 1992 conference semifinals over Boston and the 1976 semifinals over Washington, a series dubbed "The Miracle of Richfield." ... It was the third straight game decided by two points, and the Cavaliers had won five in a row during the postseason by two points or less.
 

Babe_Ruth

Sultan of Swat
Staff member
V.I.P.
This was quite the game and I am sad that the Cavaliers was the ones who fell short. I think that winning game 6 for the Detroit Pistons was what they needed to do because theý have the experience and the confindence in going to game 7 and beating the crap out of the cavaliers, which I have a feeling it might happen. I really hope though that the Cavaliers can bounce back and get the key win and advancing to the Eastern Conference finals against the Heat.
 

oxyMORON

A Darker Knight
well...things don't look too good for the Cavs.....

if things go the way they are....GO HEAT!
 

Babe_Ruth

Sultan of Swat
Staff member
V.I.P.
Yeah right now there's 1:59 minutes left and the Cavaliers are losing 75-60, that's 15 points, I really doubt that they'll be making any miraculous come back. I am kinda pissed that it's the same Eastern Conference final as last year. But go Heat even though I can't stand Shaq and Antoine Walker.
 

Vegito728

Registered Member
Okay here's my review of game 7. Also VC let me know if you want me to do the Miami vs Detroit series.



In a single half, the Detroit Pistons taught LeBron James everything he needs to know about defense in the playoffs -- and finished off yet another series comeback.

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.

Second Half Struggles
LeBron's second-half totals:
Six points
1-for-9 from the field
3 rebounds
0 assists
2 turnovers
Cavs' second-half team totals:
23 points -- ties lowest mark in a second half in playoff history
5-for-26 from the field
10-point third quarter -- worst quarter offensively in franchise playoff history




Playing in his first postseason, James was sensational at times for Cleveland, pushing the NBA title favorites to the brink of elimination.

The Cavs were down by only two at halftime; then Detroit 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.

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 other team has this postseason.

Take a look at low-scoring records in NBA history, and you'll see Detroit frequently on almost every list.


Fewest Total Points in a Half
in a NBA Playoff Game
The fewest total points scored in a half in a NBA playoff game since the 24-second shot clock was introduced for the 1954-55 season (x-NBA Finals):
59 Indiana (24) vs. Detroit (35),
May 24, 2004 (second half)
60 Detroit (27) vs. Indiana (33),
June 1, 2004 (first half)

Boston (29) vs. Detroit (31),
May 10, 2002 (second)

Atlanta (29) at New York (31),
May 24, 1999 (second)
61 Detroit (26) at New Jersey (35),
May 9, 2004 (second)
62 Cleveland (23) at Detroit (39),
May 21, 2006 (second)

New Jersey (25) at Detroit (37),
May 3, 2004 (first)

Utah (29) at San Antonio (33),
May 9, 1998 (second)
63 Indiana (30) vs. Detroit (33),
May 22, 2004 (second)

x-New Jersey (30) vs. San Antonio (33),
June 8, 2003 (first)

New York (31) vs. Miami (32),
May 12, 2000 (second)

Utah (31) vs. Portland (32),
May 20, 1999 (first)

Philadelphia (27) at Orlando (36),
May 11, 1999 (first)

x-Houston (31) vs. New York (32),
June 8, 1994 (second)
65 Boston (32) at Philadelphia (33),
May 1, 1977 (second)

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.


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.

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.

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 7.

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.


And here are some game 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.
 

Babe_Ruth

Sultan of Swat
Staff member
V.I.P.
Man this game was more defense then offence the Cavs only scored 61 points which is horrible, now it's a rematch of last years easter conference finals, I am very angry because I wanted the Nets and Cavs to make it but they both lost.

Yes Vegito your in charge of the eastern conference finals recap.
 
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