Pistons guard Reggie Bullock was a late scratch because of an inflamed nerve in his left leg. NOTES: Cavaliers SF LeBron James was averaging 28.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 6.7 assists in 180 postseason games before Friday….
They still had a chance with 43 seconds left when the Cavs had to in bounds with 43 seconds left and only 0.7 seconds left on the shot clock.
The Cavaliers were led by Irving’s 26 points off 11 for 20 shooting from the field.
In Game 1, the Pistons played pretty well considering their opposition and hostile environment; the team made 15 of 29 three pointers and over 50% of all their shots in that game, which was why they were able to keep things close all the way to the end.
Jeff Teague was the star for the Hawks, netting 23 points.
In the way of a 101-91 Game 3 victory, the Cavs have now taken a commanding 3-0 series lead over Detroit, which all but eliminates the young Pistons.
As good as the Pistons played in Game 1 and Game 3, they have no sustainable solutions for Irving and forwards Kevin Love and LeBron James.
The Cleveland Cavaliers continued to dominate in the first round of their playoff series after a 107-90 win over the Detroit Pistons in Game 2 on Wednesday. “We just played with it for 10 minutes and came up with something and it’s insane because that play right there sealed the deal for us that we worked on right before the game”, Lue said at the team hotel on Saturday. Guys are picking their spots. “We want him to be aggressive and put pressure on the defense”, James said. The report also found four other incorrect calls in the last two minutes, including the failure to call a foul on Golden State’s Draymond Green when he threw Michael Beasley to the ground as Houston was inbounding the ball with a second remaining.
Isaiah Thomas scored a career-high 42 points, and the host Boston Celtics held on to beat Atlanta in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first-round series.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said the Pistons challenged Irving to shoot in Game 1 by going under screens and leaving him an opening. “And LeBron’s just being LeBron”. Tobias Harris, Jackson and Marcus Morris, who were all acquired via trade, were each in double figures Friday. “I just focused on what else I can do to help our team be successful, while these guys carried the load offensively”.
Tristan Thompson added eight points and 10 rebounds and Matthew Dellavedova chipped in 12 points for Cleveland. With Drummond either 20 feet from the basket or on the bench, Thompson had eight of Cleveland’s 12 offensive rebounds.
“I had a talk with Stan today, and so I’ll leave it at that“, Van Gundy told a news conference on Thursday. Reading James’ body language and social media habits has been a hot topic all season, but Cleveland has looked much more like a team capable of a second straight NBA Finals trip than a product of dysfunction through two playoff games.