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Cavs Go Up 2-0 on Detroit With Ease

Apr 22, 2009 – 12:00 AM
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Matt Watson

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LeBron James and Rasheed WallaceWith two games in the books, it's clear the only victories the Detroit Pistons will enjoy against this postseason are of the moral variety, so here goes: after losing each of the first seven quarters by a combined 45 points, the Pistons finally showed some fight in the fourth quarter on Tuesday, outscoring the Cavaliers 32-17.

Granted, the Pistons still lost the game by a dozen, but at least they head back to Detroit having ended the game on a high note, right? OK, maybe not; briefly cutting the deficit to within single digits doesn't count for much. The Cavaliers won the game 94-82 and now hold a commanding 2-0 lead in the series.
Cavaliers 94, Pistons 82: Recap | Box Score


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LeBron James scored a game-high 29 points on just 14 field-goal attempts -- he scored the rest by attempting more free throws (17) than Detroit's entire roster combined (16). For all the talk about how the Pistons were going to throw some different looks at him defensively, it's clear that was mostly talking points recited by a bored media looking for a storyline: James did exactly what he always does, and the only reason the Pistons were able to show life in the fourth quarter is because he spent much of that time on the bench. He finished the game plus-21 in the plus/minus column.

Tayshaun Prince, meanwhile, once again failed to make any kind of impact on the game, finishing with two points on 1-5 shooting. To his credit, he's laboring through a rib injury as well as checking the most potent offensive player in the game, but the fact that he's scored all of six points in the first two games combined is one of the reasons why the Pistons can count with one finger the number of quarters they've won.

Here's something else to consider: through two games, Prince has also combined for exactly two personal fouls. It's not necessarily his style, but getting a bit more physical wouldn't be the worst idea in the world. What, can the free-throw disparity actually get worse? The Cavs attempted 43 from the stripe on Tuesday; the Pistons, 16. If more of the Pistons showed a bit more fire, maybe it wouldn't stick out so much when the big men police the paint.

James was a one-man show in Game 1, but Game 2 was a well-rounded effort: Mo Williams chipped in 21 and Delonte West 20. Rip Hamilton led the way for the Pistons with 17, Rodney Stuckey, who scored 14, was the only other starter to break double-digits.
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