Friday, January 10, 2020
The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently on a five-game losing streak, trying to avoid a sixth consecutive loss tonight. They will hope to do that as they travel to Michigan to take on the Detroit Pistons. This will mark the first of a six-game road trip that they will be going on.
The Pistons, on the other hand, are trying to defeat the Cavaliers for a second straight time, giving them a second straight win. Tonight’s matchup will mark the third of four times that these two teams will see each other this season. The last time they played each other was just two days ago when the Pistons crept away with a 115-113 win. Derrick Rose finished that game with 24 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal while Kevin Love had 30 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Cavaliers and the Pistons have met up a grand total of 241 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 106 games while the Pistons went on to grab 135 victories.
-Dante Exum (illness; 5.1 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 55.2 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
-Larry Nance (knee; 8.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 49.2 FG%, 33.7 3P%)
-Kevin Porter (knee; 8.5 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.9 APG, 43.9 FG%, 29.7 3P%)
-Dylan Windler (leg)
-John Henson (coach’s decision; 4.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.4 APG, 54.0 FG%, 14.3 3P%)
-Dean Wade (coach’s decision; 1.6 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.0 APG, 75.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
-Levi Randolph (G-League)
-Tyler Cook (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 83.3 FG%)
-Blake Griffin (knee; 15.5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 35.2 FG%, 24.3 3P%)
-Reggie Jackson (back; 5.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 36.4 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Luke Kennard (knee; 15.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.1 APG, 44.2 FG%, 39.9 3P%)
-Markieff Morris (foot; 10.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.7 APG, 47.0 FG%, 41.1 3P%)
-Khyri Thomas (foot; 0.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Tim Frazier (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 1.1 RPG, 3.5 APG, 39.3 FG%, 38.5 3P%)
-Louis King (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 42.9 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Jordan Bone (G-League; 1.3 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%
The Detroit Pistons would have slight control of the game in the first half as they shot fifty-three percent from the field while the Cleveland Cavaliers shot fifty percent. Two-time All-Star Andre Drummond got hot for 20 points while collecting 13 rebounds. Tony Snell contributed with nine points which held a three-pointer in the second quarter.
Derrick Rose dropped seven points off the bench while recording three rebounds and two assists. Bruce Brown and Sekou Doumbouya combined for eleven points while Svi Mykhailiuk had just a three-pointer. Langston Galloway played the most minutes off the bench but only had six points.
On the other end of the court, Cedi Osman chalked up eleven points on seventy-one percent shooting. Tristan Thompson had nine points while grabbing five boards, giving out one assist, and blocking one shot. Both Collin Sexton and Darius Garland scored eight points each while Kevin Love had just seven points. Brandon Knight played 12 minutes off the bench but only had a three-pointer as the Pistons went into halftime with a 61-50 lead.
The visiting team would make a comeback in the second half as they went on a 52-41 run, shooting fifty-two percent from the field. During that run, Thompson lit the arena up with 22 points, missing only four of his 14 shots attempted. He also had nine rebounds, two assists, one steal, and a block while Garland gave 10 points, included two treys. Sexton and Love scored a combined 14 points while Cedi Osman was held scoreless.
As for the Michigan ball club, Andre Drummond had eight points while Doumbouya scored three points from beyond the arc. Former Chicago Bulls’ point guard Derrick Rose played 19 minutes off the bench as he had 14 points.
The game would be tied at 100 with one minute and twelve seconds remaining. Derrick Rose would then make a two-point jumper to give the Pistons a lead. With 24 seconds left, Andre Drummond would commit a costly foul on Tristan Thompson. As a result, Thompson went to the free-throw line and knocked both of his free-throws. With the game tied at 102 apiece and one second remaining, Rose would attempt a step back jump shot but missed as the game went into overtime.
During overtime, the Cleveland Cavaliers shot seventy-one percent from the field, missing just two shots. The Detroit Pistons, on the other hand, completed forty-five percent of their shots, missing six.
With thirty-nine seconds left in the extra period, the game would be tied at 110 apiece. After a blocked layup by Thon Maker, the Cavaliers would grab the offensive rebound which led to Kevin Love knocking down a clutch three-pointer to give the visitors a three-point lead.
After a Pistons timeout, Derrick Rose committed a costly turnover which was recovered by Alfonzo McKinnie. With sixteen seconds left, Tristan Thompson took the ball and dunked it to push the lead to five. After that, Thon Maker responds with a layup, making the score 115-112.
After a Cavaliers timeout, Cedi Osman made a bad pass which was recovered by Drummond. With three seconds left, Rose would attempt a three-pointer but missed as the Cavaliers held on to win the game, 115-112. Tristan Thompson finished the game with a career-high 35 points, along with 14 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and 3 blocks while Andre Drummond had 28 points, 23 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will head to Colorado to take on Nikola Jokic (19.3 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 6.4 APG, 50.8 FG%, 32.7 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (26-11) on Saturday at 9:00 p.m. This will mark the first of two times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.
The Detroit Pistons will host Zach LaVine (23.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 4.0 APG, 43.1 FG%, 39.2 3P%) and the Chicago Bulls (13-25) on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. This will be the fourth and final that they play each other this season. The last time they saw each other was on December 21 when the Bulls handed the Pistons a 119-107 loss. LaVine finished that game with 33 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal while Markieff Morris had 23 points, 2 rebounds, and 6 assists.