Cleveland almost pulled off a major upset. And then the Pistons woke up.
Tayshaun Prince scored 20 points and helped lock down LeBron James in the second half to lead Detroit to a 79-61 victory in game seven of Eastern Conference semifinals. The Pistons will now host Miami in a rematch of last year’s conference finals beginning Tuesday.
After not getting it done Friday night, you had to see this coming for the Cavaliers. Upsets happen, but when a vastly inferior team blows its chance, the odds of them coming through are pretty slim.
And vastly inferior might be an understatement.
If James was the best player on the floor, the next five were all Pistons. I’d probably even take Lindsey Hunter and Antonio McDyess over any of the other Cavs players. Not one of Cleveland’s role players showed up. Donyell Marshall, Damon Jones and Ronald Murray combined for four points. Larry Hughes was the team’s second leading scorer and he only made two shots from the field.
There’s really not much else to be said. Cleveland was just that bad yesterday. And the Pistons were the Pistons. They played great defense, controlled the boards and did just enough on offense to help them win.