Cavs sweep; Piston era likely over
The league-leading Cleveland Cavaliers advance to the second round of the playoffs by sweeping the Detroit Pistons 4 games to none with a 99-78 series clincher.
LeBron James no doubt helped his cause for the MVP nod averaging 32 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists against the once mighty Pistons.
Speaking of the Pistons, the first round exit – and the manner in which it was served – signals the end of an era in Detroit. There will be changes during the Pistons’ off-season that surely will bring an overhaul of a roster that is clearly aged and of limited capabilities.
The 2009 season can only be seen as a transitional period for Detroit, one that was preceded with the hiring of first-year coach Michael Curry, trading of the team’s leader in Chauncey Billups, the arduous task of trying to fit the square peg that was Allen Iverson into a more selfless system, and injuries.
Team President Joe Dumars stated during the regular season that the team will be active this summer and will not wait until 2010 to upgrade. With nearly 35 million dollars in expiring contracts coming off the books and trade assets available, the rebuilding process gets underway.
The Cavaliers however are poised to make a deep playoff run and vie for the NBA Championship.
With James and long time holdover Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Cleveland carries a well-balanced offensive attack, while it punishes its opponents defensively. These are the ingredients necessary to take the next step.
As a Piston fan, it’s very frustrating to experience a season like this but I congratulate the Cavaliers on their pursuit and urge them and their fans to enjoy it because it’s only a matter of time….
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