Third quarter: Cavs 78, Detroit 65
Other than the score there's nothing particularly pretty about this, the Cavs are just taking care of their business. It's simple for them. They continue to play as they have and they win this one. You'd still like to see more defensive intensity because the Pistons actually outshot them in the third quarter.
Second quarter: Cavs 57, Detroit 45
Ummm yeah, that defense thing. I said one team would have to eventually start playing it. Well, the Cavs are still shooting 61 percent. Detroity 47. Yes, that's not great, but it beats the heck out of 56 percent. James has 22 points in the half and is dominating the game. He's essentially playing like a man on a mission. What the Cavs are going to need is more of the second quarter and less of the first. They may have found a defensive groove. They're also outrebounding the Pistons by six and are doing a better job of sharing the ball. Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey was getting into the paint on dribble drives early in the game, that trend is apparently gone.
First Quarter: Cavs 30, Detroit 25
True to form, it's a grind-it-out affair. LeBron James leads the Cavs with 12 points, but the first obvious thing to notice: neither team is playing any defense. The Cavs are shooting 60 percent from the floor and the Pistons 56 percent after one. That will have to change and quickly.