Cleveland Cavaliers @ Detroit Pistons
Wednesday, April 15, 2008
7:00 p.m. ET
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Cavaliers vs. Pistons
The Cleveland Cavaliers' spotty play down the stretch left them running out of time to wrap up home-court advantage in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
They finally clinched in their latest game - after time had literally run out.
After a last-second review on Monday allowed them to lock up the East's No. 4 seed, the Cavaliers close out their regular season at home Wednesday against the Central Division champion Detroit Pistons.
Cleveland (45-36) had lost six of nine games between March 22-April 11, and was in danger of allowing hard-charging Washington to wrestle home-court advantage for the teams' first-round series that will begin this weekend.
The Cavaliers struggled to an ugly 84-76 win over Miami on Sunday night, putting them within one win clinching the No. 4 seed. But after falling behind Philadelphia 90-89 in the waning seconds on Monday, it appeared they would have to wait to face the Pistons (58-23) before wrapping up home-court.
The Cavaliers will face the Wizards for the third straight season in the first round of the Eastern Conference, and they've had home-court each time.
"It feels good to get a win on the road and lock up the fourth seed," said James. "That was one of our goals, to lock up the fourth seed and have home-court throughout the first round. We know how dangerous we are at home."
Cleveland is 27-13 at Quicken Loans Arena this season, and was 7-1 there through the Eastern Conference finals in last season's playoffs - including 3-0 against Detroit in its 4-2 series win to go to its first NBA finals.
The Pistons have taken two of three against the Cavaliers this season, as each team has won on its home court. James had 30 points as Cleveland won 89-73 on March 19, but has averaged only 14.0 points in his team's two losses.
This is going to be a memorable game, and it would be a thing of beauty if the Cavaliers can win the last game of the regular season because it will give them a confidence builder, before they face the Washington Wizards in the first round of the playoffs.
I am sure the 2 teams will rest their starters in the 2nd half, but i would like to see Lebron get some playing time because it would be nice to see him win the NBA Scoring title by averaging more than 30 PPG in the regular season, and becoming the first player in Cavaliers franchise history to led the league in scoring.
I still believe that the Pistons are still the team to beat in the eastern conference because they have the experience factor in the post season, and this team always contend in the Eastern Conference Finals since 2002.
Overall, i predict a convincing victory from the Cleveland Cavaliers to wrap up the season, and the Cavaliers bench need to be more active in this game because they need to step up since Pavlovic is out with an injury. ( probably missed the entire playoffs)
GO Cavaliers, and It's time to defend the crown in the playoffs.
Head to Head Match up
30.0 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 7.2 APG, 1.8 SPG, 1.1 BPG
17.5 PPG, 4.2 APG, 3.30 RPG, 1.0 SPG, 0.1 BPG