Lebron James has unsurprisingly led his Cavaliers (57-25) to the best record in the East. That gives them a first round matchup with the young Detroit Pistons (44-38) who make their return to the postseason after a six year absence in coach Stan Van Gundy’s second year with the team.
Cleveland was expected to finish with the top record in the East and they did. Not many surprises. Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving returned from injury and are healthy, Lebron put up big all around numbers, and Matthew Dellavedova annoyed the hell out of opponents. We know this team. They’re good. But are they good enough to compete with the best of the West?
The Pistons are a young team that appears to be ahead of schedule. They weren’t supposed to be in the playoffs already but they won 44 games so they’re in. The core of this team, Reggie Jackson, Andre Drummond, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Tobias Harris, and Stanley Johnson, are all 26 or younger. This team has an exciting future.
The Pistons should be very happy with their season. But they’re still not that good yet. Maybe if they faced any other team in the first round an upset would be possible. But Lebron takes care of business in the first round. I think him and his teammates will be going for a sweep here.
The Pick: Cavaliers in 4