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May 17, 2006

Cavs take Series Lead with a Squeaker: Down to the wire. Intense game. Cleveland comes from being counted out by many.

posted by T$PORT4lawschool to basketball at 08:56 PM - 28 comments

i said from the begining that the cavs were going to win. the reason is cause they have a bench. the pistons are great in a 4 or 5 game series but each one is playing 42 min a game they get freeking tired. also they dont have a clutch guy like lebron. cavs in 7 then they will get raped by the heat....GO SPURS!!!

posted by dhump09 at 10:43 PM on May 17

Can't beleive it. I was at the game. It was the first time I've seen LeBron in person - I can't beleive how huge he is, he looked as big as Ben Wallace. When the Pistons made their run in the third quarter, there was no fear in the eyes of the Cavs. I'm starting to beleive. At first I thought the "witness" stuff was a bunch of crap, but now I'm not so sure.

posted by Bill Lumbergh at 10:46 PM on May 17

The Cavs are going to win a championship won of these days... Hang in there Spurs, you can make a comeback!! Would love to see a spurs-cavs championship game... maybe next year

posted by Goyoucolts at 10:55 PM on May 17

Go LeBron! If the Cavs beat the Detroit Inforcers... er, Pistons, I would even accept them beating the Heat. Heck, a seven game series with LeBron vs. Dwayne Wade. Now, that would be beautiful, beautiful basketball. Heck, I'm going to be honest as long as the NBA Finals are anything but Spurs vs. Pistons, I'll be happy with the results.

posted by uglatto at 11:04 PM on May 17

I am still very skeptical that the Cavs can pull off the series, but they have definitely impressed me. As they say, closing out the series is the hardest, and I wonder if Cleveland has the maturity for it. The Pistons proved that a 3-2 disadvantage means nothing to them last year in the ECF, and this time they have the home-court advantage helping them. The Pistons definitely got overconfident but I think this was the smack in the face they needed to get back into gear. As a Heat fan, I certainly hope not, and as a basketball fan, I shudder at the thought of another series with that team in it.

posted by PublicUrinal at 12:26 AM on May 18

If they don't win game six, they have no hope. They HAVE to win game six!!

posted by BigSpizznizzle at 01:12 AM on May 18

Spiz, I tend to think that if they don't win game 6, then game 7 might still be an option for them. What makes you think differently?

posted by everett at 02:40 AM on May 18

Home court, I'm assuming.

posted by yerfatma at 06:17 AM on May 18

The Cavs are winning and put the Pistons on edge, because they respect the team they are playing, and they know what they have to do to beat them...Pistons have given no repect to the Cavs and they are down. The Pistons are the best team this year I expect them to be fighting very hard Friday. I am hoping the Cavs can win game six. The Pistons are going to be harder to beat in Detroit a second time. Regardless what happens in this series. The Cavs have proven they are for real. They are still growing and building as a team, The Cavs are to be reckoned with for years to come...

posted by The Tribster at 07:23 AM on May 18

I wouldn't be shocked if the Pistons comeback to win this series. As bad and as tight as they have played, the last two losses have been by a combined 4 points. That said, I don't think they can go to the well as often as they have. The Piston players are saying the same things the Red Wing's were saying when the LA Kings and the Mighty Ducks knocked them out of the playoffs. The Pistons need to shut up, quit crying to the officials and start playing the way they did in the regular season.

posted by drose92264 at 07:48 AM on May 18

whatever the outcome, the cavaliers have shown a helluva lot of intestinal fortitude. who would have thought three years ago the cavs could even make this an interesting series?

posted by ksb122 at 07:49 AM on May 18

What's Wallace have to say now? Go Cavs

posted by T$PORT4lawschool at 08:07 AM on May 18

dam i wouldnt expect the cavs to go this far now just need one more game to eliminate the pistons put it this way the cavs r have matured from the last couple games they ve been through look at thier center and lj togethor imagine if larry hughes was playing the whole season with them. the cavs will get a ring within a yr or 2 yrs from now. pistons ya better come back b/c no one cares about ya last championship they like chauncy who ??? if the pistons win i think the heat will take em out i hope the mavs r suns make it to finals p.s yo ying yang mafia u think pistons still got a chance

posted by defrag3x at 11:01 AM on May 18

The cavs have already made a statement. They have proven that they have a solid future in the post-seasons to come. BUT... now the Pistons have to re-prove themselves. The Pistons will come out Blazing in game 6. To win, the Cavs will probably have to overcome a huge deficit in game 6. If it goes to 7, the Pistons will win.

posted by Snikastyle at 11:49 AM on May 18

Detroit is not as good as people think or they themselves think well we'll see what happens in game 6 depending on the outcome if there is a 7th game my $ would be on Detroit

posted by luther70 at 12:42 PM on May 18

The pistons are the most over rated team in the playoff's! Rasheed is an idiot and his coach (if he had any balls) should put a muzzle on him! Cavs can close this series out in 6 or 7 if they have to.

posted by tommyg at 12:44 PM on May 18

The pistons are the most over rated team in the playoff's! Having the best record in the regular season and making a run at a third consecutive Finals appearance seems to suggest that whatever their "rating" is, it's probably not "over".

posted by grum@work at 01:01 PM on May 18

Grum you refer to their regular season and their past accomplishments. If this were the means by which we chose a champion, #1 There wouldnt be any playoffs and #2 It would'nt be called the regular season. One would conclude that they being the Pistons were already the champions. Which brings us to the reality that is they are over rated, if they were not the series would already be over and there would not be talk of the Cav's winning the series. Not to mention everybody and their mother picked them to win, along with the odds in Vegas.

posted by tommyg at 01:25 PM on May 18

Grum you refer to their regular season and their past accomplishments. Options are limited. What should we be working from? Future performance? The Oracle at Delphi?

posted by yerfatma at 01:55 PM on May 18

I base my picks on the sequence of letters in my morning Alpha Bits. Today they said "Ooooooooo." In retrospect, I probably ate Cherios.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 02:31 PM on May 18

along with the odds in Vegas. To be honest, there really aren't any better places to get predictions from than the Las Vegas oddsmakers. It's their job to be as accurate as possible. If the Pistons had the best "odds" of winning the championship, they were probably the most likely team to do it. The failure to do so would not suggest "overrated", unless the odds of them doing it were extreme (1:2 or better). If the Pistons were 4:1 favourites, it still suggests they were only 20% favourites to win. That probably makes them better favourites than anyone else, but it still makes more sense to bet on "anyone but the Pistons" if you had the option. I base my picks on the sequence of letters in my morning Alpha Bits. Today they said "Ooooooooo." In retrospect, I probably ate Cherios. Did your talking dog inform you of your breakfast choice? :)

posted by grum@work at 02:42 PM on May 18

Cavs are gonna win because we are playing at home. Detroit has to win 2 and the way they are playing, last night's game was the last in their building. LeBron and Z and Andy are gonna take us to Miami where we will win in 7.

posted by Clevelander32 at 03:24 PM on May 18

Did your talking dog inform you of your breakfast choice? :) Whaddya mean "my" talking dog? All dogs talk. Nothing but "Kill your parents!" "Shove pickles in your socks!" "Kill the Pope!" morning, noon and night. I mean really - It's just annoying. No insight. Man's best friend my ass.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 03:27 PM on May 18

He's just getting you back for blowing smoke in his face and feeding him peanut butter.

posted by tselson at 03:53 PM on May 18

If they don't win game six, they have no hope. They HAVE to win game six!! commmit scuicide now just do it dont even leave a note just go

posted by gmactothemax91 at 04:34 PM on May 18

Detroit is reeling We are witness to LeBron Win or lose, good stuff /NBA playoff haiku

posted by geekyguy at 05:38 PM on May 18

Right now I'm disgusted. Disgusted with the way the Pistons have played the last two games. Disgusted that Chauncey Billups says in the fucking paper that he has to come up big and then is fouled out on the bench when he is needed most. I'm sick of another FPP the minute the Pistons lose a game. I'm sick of seeing FPP's on the great "King James." And I'm disgusted that the Pistons can't get their damn act together and win something. yo ying yang mafia u think pistons still got a chance Now that my rant is done; while I am disgusted with the Pistons overall performance in the latter part of the series, I still think that they have a very good shot at pulling it out. Remember, New Jersey won three straight against the Pistons in 2004 but it wasn't them winning the NBA finals.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 05:55 PM on May 18

I think that Cleveland will win the next game- and pull a shocker that noone expected. Larry Hughes is back, and will want to win for his brother- who was an avid sports fan. LeBron will be hungry for the ball, and Cleveland is at home. Things are looking up for Cleveland right now.

posted by redsoxrgay at 07:23 PM on May 18

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