The Cleveland Cavaliers took Game 4 against the Detroit Pistons by a 100-98 score. This result completes a series sweep and sends the Pistons home for the offseason. If you remember correctly, I originally said after Game 1 it wouldn’t be a sweep, then said it would be a sweep after Game 3, so there you go!
I will say that Detroit could’ve easily won two of these four games had they executed better in late-game situations. That said, a sweep is the end reality. It was made possible by 31 points from Kyrie Irving, a 22/11/6 line from LeBron James, and an 11/13 double-double from Kevin Love. J.R. Smith also made 5-of-7 three attempts for his 15 points.
Overall, the Pistons shot 48.7 percent from the field and 41.7 percent on threes. They had 9 turnovers. The Cavaliers won the turnover battle with a total of 6, but shot worse than Detroit from the field and deep (41.9 percent/36.1 percent). Much like in Game 1, Detroit suffered the loss despite winning key categories and receiving production from a range of players.
Marcus Morris put up 24 points on 9-12 shooting as Tobias Harris went for 23 points and 13 boards on 8-14 shooting. Andre Drummond snatched 11 rebounds to go along with 17 points. Reggie Jackson put up 12 assists to go with his 13 points.
For a young Detroit team with a first year head coach in the organization, Stan Van Gundy, this season can be deemed a positive. That’s especially true when taking into account the improved quality of the Eastern Conference. However, winning a game or two and making the Cavaliers nervous would’ve been an even brighter light.
In the East, teams featuring LeBron typically turn off the lights of others. I don’t see any squad remaining in the East capable of eliminating the Cavs.
As Detroit goes home, Cleveland waits for the winner of the Atlanta Hawks/Boston Celtics series which is currently tied 2-2.
|8:30 PM ET, April 24, 2016
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan Attendance: 21,584
|D. Jones||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|J. Jones||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|T. Mozgov||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|M. Williams||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|S. Kaun||DNP — INACTIVE|
|J. McRae||DNP — INACTIVE|
|J. Anthony||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|S. Dinwiddie||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|D. Hilliard||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|J. Meeks||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|L. Brown||DNP — INACTIVE|
|R. Bullock||DNP — INACTIVE|
Officials: Marc Davis, Bill Kennedy, Courtney Kirkland
Time of Game: 2:30