First off, although we may be boycotting the Western Conference Finals, we are still watching the Eastern Conference Finals. In small doses. Very small doses.
Tonight was a golden opportunity for the Cavs to steal a game. Detroit clearly doesn't respect the Cavs at all and you could absolutely sense that from the way this game went.
And quite frankly, if LeBron plays like he did tonight, then there's no reason for the Pistons to respect the Cavs. King James played like a downtrodden serf. He shrank in the spotlight, going for a career playoff low of 10 pts. Although he also had 11 boards and 9 assists, let's be honest - the Cavs can't win when LeBron scores 10 points. The one game during the regular season that the Cavs beat the Pistons, LeBron went for over 40. He's got to score.
Now, some people might say Detroit dodged a bullet tonight. Yes and no. First of all, Detroit didn't play well and won. That's good. But while a close game like this would be a wakeup call for most teams, it never is for Detroit. That's bad. I fully expect the Pistons to take at least one or two more games off in this series. LeBron better be ready to step up when that happens.