Cavaliers' 3-pointers haunt Pistons
Auburn Hills — It almost seemed as though anyone who wanted to take a 3-pointer could against the Pistons in Game 2.
The Cavaliers were 20-for-38 (52.6 percent) during the 107-90 victory, tying an NBA playoff record. The starters were 16-for-29.
“They’ve really had good looks,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said Thursday. “They’re getting really good looks in transition.
“I don’t think we’ve done as good a job in either game of getting back and getting matched up. I think, just in general, our closeouts have not been hard enough or good enough. We’re not reacting or running guys off the arc anywhere near the way we should be. I’m not happy with the number of attempts we’ve given them.”
The Cavaliers had 35 3-point attempts in Game 1, and made 12.
Van Gundy wasn’t upset with rookie Stanley Johnson for his response to being bumped by the Cavs LeBron James during Game 2.
But, he suggested there is a different way to handle the situation.
“We met, we talked, he knows how I feel, what my concerns are, but it wasn’t — at least I hope he didn’t take it that (way) — it wasn’t an anger session,” Van Gundy said. “It wasn’t a ‘you’re a (jerk)’ type of thing. It wasn’t. It’s just another learning experience for a 19-year-old kid.”
During a timeout, James made contact with Johnson as he walked back to the Pistons bench. During postgame interviews, Johnson was asked about it and responded.
“It’s (fake) as hell,” Johnson said. “He was walking away and I was walking in a straight line. He didn’t bump me; I just didn’t move my direction, so we hit.
“I don’t know what you take from that. I don’t take anything from it, but a cheap shot.”
Van Gundy also said he would not fine Johnson, who was available Thursday.
Challenge for Harris
Tobias Harris hasn’t had ideal performances in the first two games of the series — 4-for-11 for nine points in Game 1 and 3-for-11 for 13 points in Game 2.
But Van Gundy said it has nothing to do with the pressure of the playoffs.
“It has nothing to do with the moment, it has to do with matchups,” Van Gundy said. “It’s taken a lot out of him battling Kevin Love on that end of the floor, and on the offensive end, 90 percent of the time he’s guarded by LeBron (James), who’s as good a defender as there is.
“That’s a big, big challenge.”
Van Gundy on Prince
Legendary musician Prince died Thursday (he was 57), and Van Gundy added to the sentiments.
“It’s sad,” he said. “It hits me a little bit too because I’ll be 57 this summer. Those kinds of things make you think. It’s always sad when anybody passes away, but when people die young, it makes you think a little bit more.”