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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Cavs Begin Championship Quest by Facing Familiar Foe

The Cleveland Cavaliers will face the Detroit Pistons in the playoffs for the third time in four years. In 2006 and 2007, the Pistons enjoyed home court advantage and were widely considered to be the clear favorites based on their postseason experience, though the Cavs extended them to seven games the first time and beat them in six games the following season. This year is of course a completely different story, as the Cavs own the best record in the entire league while the Pistons look like a team that might not have even made the playoffs if the season had lasted another week.

My newest CavsNews.com article previews this Eastern Conference first round playoff series and also looks back at the two previous playoff showdowns between Cleveland and Detroit:

Cavs Begin Championship Quest by Facing Familiar Foe

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posted by David Friedman @ 3:44 PM

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At Friday, April 17, 2009 1:06:00 AM, Blogger Steve said...

Well David, it seems I was wrong. I had said that the Cavs would only win 50 games this year (you had predicted 55). Not only did they prove me wrong, but they downright embarrassed me to the tune of 66 wins (67 wins including that final "loss" to the 76ers).

It's ironic because it seems from out lengthy discussion way back in November that a lot of things came true: like how the Pistons and Cavs are in fact going to meet in the playoffs. And that LeBron is going to win his first MVP award. And that Ilgauskas and Wallace both did miss a significant number of games with injuries. And that the Pistons' recent run of injury-free seasons came to an end as both Hamilton and Rasheed Wallace missed at least 14 games each. And that the Mavs did make a serious mistake by trading Harris for Kidd.

And that the Mo Williams deal did turn out to be great for the Cavs. By the way, why is no one talking about how great a deal that was for them? It eventually turned out to be Mo Williams for Damon Jones, who barely played this season.

By the way, can I just mention that I called the Iverson trade! Maybe not to that extent, but still...
But I wouldn’t be surprised if Joe Dumars pulled the trigger on a trade during the season if things aren't going his way, which could change everything. I’d look for Billups or Wallace to be traded, although I suppose it’s all speculation at this point.

Stuckey’s development will also influence trade talks. If he outperforms Billups on a normal basis, then Chauncey might find himself on another team by March.
Now if only I could predict the lottery. haha.

 

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