Game 2 Preview: Cavs 1 - Pistons 0.
Full series preview is right here.This will be shorter because a lot of the normal stuff is covered there.
Matchups to watch:
Kevin Love at center: The Cavs went to it at the end of the last game and it was pretty effective. I don't know if the Cavs will actually go through with it but the expectation is probably that the Cavs will go to it with more regularity in game 2, and finding a way to keep it under control is important for the Pistons.
Andre, KCP, and Stanley vs. Growing up fast: For KCP it is primarily defensively. He made a big step this year, but still has a bit more to go before he is the all world destroyer he probably will become. That is ok, he's young. But the Pistons rather desperately need him to grow up quickly so that he can stay in front of Kyrie. For Andre and Stanley it is offensively. Andre will have to throw a lot of good passes (assuming the Cavs trap again) and hit lots of floaters. He has shown some ability to do both of these things, but it is developing. He needs it to click quickly. Stanley will likely get more playing time as the only guy who stood any chance guarding LeBron, and will have to keep being viable on offense for that to work.
Tobias vs. Actually scoring: Tobias did very little in game 1 on the offensive end. That is ok because he was guarded by LeBron, but he is not a good enough defender to be of much help if he is not getting buckets. Especially when he is on the floor while LeBron is on the bench. Tobias has to get a little bit more, because the Pistons won't shoot as well from deep as they did in the first game, so they will need guys like Tobias to get some more of the hard buckets.
Reggie Bullock vs. Keeping it up: Whenever he has been in the rotation, Bullock has been a huge plus for the Pistons, and is damn near the only thing keeping the bench even remotely viable. If his shooting were to go cold the Pistons bench will be almost totally useless.
So in conclusion...
Cackle with knowing glee if:
Andre is throwing killer passes and nailing floaters out of the 4 on 3s.
KCP turns up and demolishes Kyrie for a revenge game.
Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving might end up being the primary defenders in a lot of
Jax/Drum PnRs. This should be a good thing.
Run for the hills if:
KCP isn't up to the challenge of Kyrie.
Andre does not have an epiphany of passing and floaters.
LeBron is in the paint at will.
Opportunities for me to look stupid:
KCP shows up defensively.
Kevin Love at center is not actually that great and evens out due to the Pistons exploiting it on the other end.
Reggie Jackson busts out in a big way, and leads the Pistons to victory.
What do you think? How would you counter Love at center? Let me know! We all get smarter!