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The last one is the toughest one

By admin Published: June 2, 2007

Things have changed quite a bit and quite fast in this series.  Now, it must be said, the Cavs are the favorite.  At the moment, they are indeed now the de facto No. 1 seed with homecourt advantage to advance to The Finals for the first time in history.  But it is damn hard to close teams out and damn hard to beat the Detroit Pistons four straight, as was seen last season by the Cavs.  So, in order to do so they must do the following tonight...

1. Someone else must step up.  LeBron James is going to bring it one way or another, it is a lot to ask to duplicate the performances of the last three games.  Therefore, someone, anyone, must complement James on the offense end.  Especially one of the shooters, be it Sasha Pavlovic, Donyell Marshall, Daniel Gibson, or even Damon Jones.  Because it figures there will be more double teams going LeBron's way.

2. Slow the Pistons guards. The Cavs defense has seen some slippage against Richard Hamilton and Chauncey Billups over the last two games.  Billups and Hamilton have both been getting easier shots over the last two games.  These guys can both go off.

3. Control emotion.  It will obviously be an emotional evening for both sides.  The Pistons have been here many, many times before.  They are excellent when their backs are against the wall.  The Cavs have never been here before so they must handle this massive stage with some poise.  It will probably come down to the last few minutes so it will mean something.

Enjoy it.

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