A. Sherrod Blakely of MLive gives the rundown of the skull crackin' that went on early in Sunday's beatdown of the Cavs, with Sheed nearly decapitating Zydrunas Ilgauskas (resulting in 5 stitches for big Z).
"I thought that Rasheed got a little upset and hit him on purpose," [Cavs coach Mike] Brown said. "It didn't look like from my vantage point, that he went for the ball."
Said Ilgauskas: "I think he (Rasheed) was frustrated because I caught him with an elbow and then he hit me back. Just have to let the officials handle it."
Wallace acknowledged the elbow by Ilgauskas bothered him.
"I know I'm not gonna start by cracking a cat in the skull if I didn't get elbowed first," he said.
You might think getting whacked in the head intentionally would motivate the Cavs to put up a fight. But unable to match the intensity of the Boys in Blue throughout, Cleveland simply buckled under pressure. That doesn't bode well for their chances in tonight's matchup, as the two teams head down to Cleveland to finish their back-to-back. The Pistons will surely be ready to remedy their last trip to Quicken Home Loans Arena [catchy name, guys], which ended 2005 on a sour note. In addition, the last time Bron Bron played at home--a 102-94 loss to the 'Zards last Friday--he was booed by his own fans. Guess the honeymoon has ended, huh?