Sunday , Jan , 06 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Can LeBron James & Cleveland Cavaliers Beat Detroit Pistons & Boston Celtics in Playoffs?

But millions of fans could look foolish come May. A Boston-Detroit eastern showdown isn’t automatic, especially after Cleveland’s LeBron James torched Toronto for 24 fourth quarter points in a 93-80 win on Sunday. For those that missed it: James went off, single-handedly destroying the Raptor defense. The last time he looked this good was in game five of the 2006-07 Eastern Conference Finals against …

Can LeBron James & Cleveland Cavaliers Beat Detroit Pistons & Boston Celtics in Playoffs?The AM Take: When you assume you make an ass of yourself. NBA fans have assumed the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons will meet in the Eastern Conference Finals.

It’s an easy assumption to make. The Celtics and Pistons have the league’s best records. Their rosters possess the enviable mix of superstars and useful veterans.

But millions of fans could look foolish come May. A Boston-Detroit eastern showdown isn’t automatic, especially after Cleveland’s LeBron James torched Toronto for 24 fourth quarter points in a 93-80 win on Sunday.

For those that missed it: James went off, single-handedly destroying the Raptor defense. The last time he looked this good was in game five of the 2006-07 Eastern Conference Finals against …

Detroit. That’s right. James had an epic 48 points in a playoff game against the same Piston squad analysts believe are destined for an eastern finale with the Celtics. For the record, Cleveland won the series and advanced to the NBA Finals.

I’m not knocking Boston or Detroit. Honest. Both squads play tremendous defense and are deserving of praise.

But yesterday’s game should be disconcerting. James once again showed he can beat teams by himself. No defensive scheme or player(s) can stop him.

A Boston-Detroit Eastern Conference Finals is still likely, but not a lock. So don’t assume. James will make you look like an ass.

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