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Oh, for Seven

Game 7s rarely turn out well for Cleveland teams. So while LeBron led a valiant effort to put Detroit on the edge, the Cavs were no match for the Pistons -- or history -- Sunday. Detroit held LeBron to six points after halftime to reach the East finals 79-61. Story | Video

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Pistons notes: This is Detroit's fifth straight postseason appearance. The Pistons made the NBA Finals each of the previous two seasons and won the title in '04.

Cavs notes: This is Cleveland's first postseason appearance since 1998. They hadn't won a playoff series since 1993 (lost five straight series before beating the Wizards in Round 1).

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James LeBron James cannot get into a stretch where he settles for outside shots. James has to continue to drive to the basket and force the Pistons to pick up fouls as they attempt to contest his layups.

The Cavaliers have success on the pick and roll when the screener rolls toward the basket. The Pistons are late to defend the slashing screener because the focus is still on James.

Lindsey Hunter is defending James more and will do so in Game 7. James has the size advantage on Hunter and should look to post more, but Hunter works like crazy trying to front the post.

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PLAYER MATCHUPS

CAVALIERS PISTONS
L. HughesL. Hughes
Points: 14.9
Rebounds: 3.8
Assists: 3.7
PGC. BillupsC. Billups
Points: 17.0
Rebounds: 3.4
Assists: 7.2
S. PavlovicS. Pavlovic
Points: 9.0
Rebounds: 2.4
Assists: 1.6
SGR. HamiltonR. Hamilton
Points: 19.8
Rebounds: 3.8
Assists: 3.8
L. JamesL. James
Points: 27.3
Rebounds: 6.7
Assists: 6.0
SFT. PrinceT. Prince
Points: 14.3
Rebounds: 5.2
Assists: 2.8
D. GoodenD. Gooden
Points: 11.1
Rebounds: 8.5
Assists: 1.1
PFR. WallaceR. Wallace
Points: 12.3
Rebounds: 7.2
Assists: 1.7
Z. IlgauskasZ. Ilgauskas
Points: 11.9
Rebounds: 7.7
Assists: 1.6
CC. WebberC. Webber
Points: 11.2
Rebounds: 7.2
Assists: 3.1

TEAM STATS (Regular Season)

  CAVALIERS PISTONS
PPG 96.8 96.0
RPG 43.5 40.5
APG 20.8 21.6
FG% 44.728 45.373
FT% 69.573 77.414
3P% .352 .344

SEASON SERIES

Detroit leads 3-1
Dec 21, 2006 DET 87, @CLE 71Recap | Box Score
Feb 4, 2007 DET 90, @CLE 78Recap | Box Score
Mar 7, 2007 CLE 101, @DET 97Recap | Box Score
Apr 8, 2007 @DET 87, CLE 82Recap | Box Score

PLAYOFF HISTORY

CLE DET
Championships: 0 Championships: 3
Last Championship: N/A Last Championship: 2004
Last Season:
Lost in Eastern Conference semifinals
Last Season:
Lost in Eastern Conference finals

Injury Report

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

cle No recent injuries

DETROIT PISTONS

det No recent injuries