posted on May, 9 2006 @ 05:57 PM
The first half is over in Game 2 of the Pistons-Cavaliers series. Again, Detroit is dominating, leading 52-36. You know, as I watch LeBron James in
this series, I am reminded of another #23 who once had problems with a certain Pistons team. In the 1988, 1989, and 1990 playoffs, the Chicago Bulls
lost to the Detroit Pistons. Each year they did better, as the series went five, six, and finally seven games. Even back then, the Pistons were
renowned for their defense, with Rick Mahorn, John Salley, Dennis Rodman, and Joe Dumars providing the smothering coverage. Michael Jordan had lost
his first three playoff series in his first three seasons with the Bulls. In 1988 they finally won the first round series, but in that second round
they were trashed by Detroit. I always remember Jordan doing everything he could, yet the Bulls couldn't win. By working against the Jordan Rules
defense of the Pistons, the Bulls continued to improve, though. By 1991, the core of Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Horace Grant had been together for
four years, and that year the swept Detroit in the conference finals. I think LeBron is getting the same initiation into the big boys fraternity.
The Cavs are still three seasons away from being a great playoff team.