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Cavs at Pistons: Game 3: Pre-game Notes

By George Thomas Published: April 24, 2009

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Loose is the best way to describe the Cavaliers as they prepared to take on the Detroit Pistons in Game 3 of the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. 
Leading the series 2-0, there's no way they shouldn't be.   Some might expect that the Pistons are more dangerous at home.  Well, that's not quite the case.  Earlier this week when Detroit forward Tayshaun Prince said that his team didn't defend home very well.  Given they own a 21-20, he was right.
It's quite possible, however, the Pistons would be in a different position had they not traded point guard Chauncey Billups who currently has the Denver Nuggets up 2-0 on the New Orleans Hornets.  Mike Brown, for one, is glad he doesn't have to see Billups - yet.

Chauncey is a great player; we had our hands full with him every time we played these guys. If I can help it, I’d love to not have to play against Chauncey Billups at any time.
The main guy the Pistons got in that trade - guard Allen Iverson - is done for the season with an apparent back injury.

It hasn't exactly gone viral - yet - but the Cavs spoof of the now infamous Heineken beer walk-in closet commercial, but it has still racked up over 300,000 hits.

Coach Mike Brown was asked about the obvious glee that the players took in doing the commercial, which began showing at Quicken Loans Arena during playoff games.
Again, that’s our guys being our guys.  They are a group of guys that hang out together, a group of guys that eat together.  A group of guys have fun together and that commercial is just their personality, their being – at least this year. 
You can understand the looseness the Cavs have considering that the Pistons have only offered answers for their second team as opposed to the starters, especially in the case of LeBron James.
The Pistons' Coach Mike Curry played him straight up and then they sent half the team and Bill Laimbeer and John Salley after him to no avail. When asked what he'd do, Brown said.
You're going to have to ask Michael Curry.  I can't help him.  I can't try to help him.
Injury update:  Rookie forward J.J. Hickson hasn't been cleared to participate in any activities yet...Expect Ben Wallace to play another 10-15 minutes against the Pistons.


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