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This should end well: Cavs @ Pistons

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Detroit Pistons: 23-44 (16-18 home)

Cleveland Cavaliers: 52-15 (23-11 away)

Oppo Research

One day after being destroyed by the Celtics, the Pistons return home for what looks to be more of the same.
If the Pistons are going to have a shot, it is because the Cavaliers are looking to get some rest for Antawn Jamison and LeBron James, both of whom are nursing minor injuries. If the Cavs get off to a quick start, though, getting rest and getting the 'W' will not be mutually exclusive goals.
Without Big 'Z' and Shaquille O'Neal, Cleveland is obviously vulnerable up front. In their absence, the Cavs have again extended starter minutes to Anderson Varejao, and he has responded with a near double-double while shooting a ridiculous 73% from the field in the month of March.
On the flip side, JJ Hickson has been in a slump, possibly the result of finding his way onto more opponent scouting reports. Not that it matters all that much. For all the nice pieces on this team, the Cavs still live and die with LeBron James. And, um, life is good.
The Drama
Maybe LeBron can do a between the legs jam sometime in the fourth quarter. That would be dramatic.

Keys for Detroit

Watch the perimeter -- The old trick of packing the lane and making LeBron shoot jumpers is still valid, but the Cavs in general have become a very efficient three point shooting team. If you let them beat you from downtown, that is precisely what they will do.

Stop LeBron -- I mean, duh. Seriously, though, if the Pistons can make him give up the ball with some frequency, they should be able to stay competitive. The Cavs are light on weapons right now, and they can't count on 17 point from Varejao every time.

Play Daye - I'm going to cut and paste this for the rest of the season.

Question of the Game

With the number one seed in the bag, you have to think the Cavs will shift gears a bit. Will we see that tonight?

Valuable Links

Do you Fear The Sword yet?