How They Got Here
• Cleveland: The Cavaliers arguably looked more like a fully fledged No. 1 seed in the first round against the Detroit Pistons than they did at any point during the regular season. After an up-and-down 57-win campaign in which the conference's best team rarely looked on the level of the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, the Cavs re-affirmed their postseason bona fides in a no-nonsense sweep of the Detroit Pistons. It was a series in which several close games did not challenge the favorite's clear superiority, and Cleveland looks stronger now than they did when they began the playoffs.
Game 1 was about as good as a five-point win against a heavy underdog can be, with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love combining for 80 points and the Pistons getting all sorts of contributions before failing to execute in crunch time. LeBron and Kyrie were the stars, but Love stood out for looking like an essential piece of the offense, a bit of a rarity for the CavsRead More »from BDL's 2015-16 NBA Playoff Previews: Cavaliers vs. Hawks