NBA Playoffs
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NBA Playoffs:
PLAYER MATCHUPS
CAVALIERS PISTONS
IrvingK. Irving
PGJenningsB. Jennings
WaitersD. Waiters
SGMeeksJ. Meeks
JamesL. James
Points: 31.4
Rebounds: 7.0
Assists: 6.6
SFSmithJ. Smith
Points: 11.3
Rebounds: 6.6
Assists: 2.4
ThompsonT. Thompson
PFJerebkoJ. Jerebko
VarejaoA. Varejao
Points: 4.6
Rebounds: 4.9
Assists: 0.4
CDrummondA. Drummond
TEAM STATS (Regular Season)
  CAVALIERS PISTONS
PPG 97.6 96.8
RPG 42.3 40.5
APG 19.0 24.0
FG% 45.352 45.486
FT% 72.865 72.718
3P% .339 .384
SEASON SERIES
Detroit leads 3-1
Dec 31, 2005 @CLE 97, DET 84Recap | Box Score
Feb 26, 2006 @DET 90, CLE 78Recap | Box Score
Feb 27, 2006 DET 84, @CLE 72Recap | Box Score
Apr 12, 2006 @DET 96, CLE 73Recap | Box Score
PLAYOFF HISTORY
CLE DET
Championships: 0 Championships: 3
Last Championship: N/A Last Championship: 2004
Last Season:
Did not qualify
Last Season:
Lost in NBA Finals last year


LeBron James
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LeBron James has the appearance of a grown man, not a 21-year old.
Oh, for Seven
Game 7s rarely turn out well for Cleveland teams. So while LeBron led a valiant effort to put Detroit on the edge, the Cavs were no match for the Pistons -- or history -- Sunday. Detroit held LeBron to six points after halftime to reach the East finals 79-61. Story | Video
 
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James LeBron James cannot get into a stretch where he settles for outside shots. James has to continue to drive to the basket and force the Pistons to pick up fouls as they attempt to contest his layups.

The Cavaliers have success on the pick and roll when the screener rolls toward the basket. The Pistons are late to defend the slashing screener because the focus is still on James.

Lindsey Hunter is defending James more and will do so in Game 7. James has the size advantage on Hunter and should look to post more, but Hunter works like crazy trying to front the post.

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Pistons notes: This is Detroit's fifth straight postseason appearance. The Pistons made the NBA Finals each of the previous two seasons and won the title in '04.

Cavs notes: This is Cleveland's first postseason appearance since 1998. They hadn't won a playoff series since 1993 (lost five straight series before beating the Wizards in Round 1).


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