The Pistons had been the near the top of the Eastern Conference and made it to the conference finals for the past 6 seasons and won the title in 2004, but the early season trade of Chauncey Billups left void too big to fill. The Iverson deal never panned out.
Who’s next for the Cavs? Either Atlanta or Miami, neither of which puts any fear into the hearts of Cleveland. While the other teams in the East battle for their playoff lives, the Cavs will be resting and waiting at home for their next victim. Without home court advantage, Cleveland may not lose a game until the NBA Finals.