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Gameblog: Cavs vs. Pistons

By George Thomas Published: March 31, 2009

Post mortem:  Cavs 79, Pistons 73
Observations:

  • For about a minute there even I thought this would turn out to be another Dallas Mavericks affair.  I should have remembered this is a Cavs-Pistons game.  These two teams love rolling around in the mud against one another.  Always have, always will.  That's what happened tonight and if anything it continues to illustrate that the Cavs can and will play any style of hoops as long as it results in a ''W.''
  • There are just two reasons why the Cavs won this one - a lack of turnovers - a stat that they have gotten progressively better with in the second half of the season.  Tonight they only had six while losing some battles in key statistical categories - including rebounds.  Take care of the ball, win the game. 
  • The other reason:  defense.  After suffering their own offensive woes in the fourth quarter, missing nine consecutive shots, they contributed to the Pistons turning the ball over and missing three shots during the game's last five minutes. 
Quotable:
Coach Mike Brown on the victory:
It was a good, ugly, physical, grind-it-out tyhpe of game.  We used to have a lot of those in the past, so it was fun to get back to that tonight.
LeBron James on that style of play:
As players you hate these types of game, but as coaches you love them.  Evergy game is not going to be pretty, but you find a way to win.
At the half:  Tied at 44.
If you've got the Mavericks game on your DVR for some inexplicable reason, go look at it and you've got a good impresion of how this is working out:
  • The Cavs struggled initially unable to hit many shots, hitting just 26 percent from the floor. They also got crushed on the boards 20-6 and yet tied the game.
  • The Pistons still command the boards at the half 29-16 and the Cavaliers can't allow that to continue.  They're not boxing Pistons out on either side of the ball to get rebounds.
  • The reason they are tied:  lack of turnovers. They have just one overall, it continues a trend of taking care of the ball.
Game:   Cavs (60-13) vs. Detroit Pistons (36-37)
Broadcast:  TV: FSOhio, NBATV. Radio: WAKR (1590 AM); WTAM (1100 AM), WHBC (1480 AM)
Starters:  Cavs:  LeBron James (F); Anderson Varejao (F); Zydrunas Ilgauskas (C); Delonte West (G); Mo Williams (G). Pistons:  Tayshaun Prince (F); Antonio McDyess (F); Kwame Brown (C); Richard Hamilton (G); Rodney Stuckey (G).
Injured-inactive: Cavs:  Eric Snow (knee); Ben Wallace (broken leg).  Detroit: Walter Sharpe.
Streaking:  The Cavs have won 12 consecutive; the Pistons have won two in a row.
This year:  The Cavaliers have won two of three contests thus far this season. 
Officials:  Eddie Rush, Bennie Adams and Gary Zielinski.
What to watch:
  • There’s a big difference since the Cavs last faced the Pistons:  Antonio McDyess has hit a groove as a starter, averaging 13.5 points, 11.5 rebounds in 22 games.  He’s always been a handful for the Cavs and that’s likely to be the case again tonight.
  • Allen Iverson is another one of those players who usually feasts on the Cavs.  He holds the highest scoring average at Quicken Loans Arena, not LeBron James. Given that he’s just returning from a back injury, he may not be as much of a factor, but he, as is his teammates remain dangerous.
  • Detroit is fighting for playoff positioning, they came perilously close to dropping out of a spot altogether after a recent run of bad games.  Still they are only 4-6 in their last 10 games.
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