Things have been looking good for the Cleveland Cavaliers since the trades have been made as they have won 5 of their 9 games since the deadline. But right now, they are hoping to avoid a third straight loss as they host the Detroit Pistons, who are also trying to avoid a third straight loss. This matchup between the Cavaliers and the Pistons will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.
The Cavaliers and the Pistons have battled each other a grand total of 234 times in the past as the Cavaliers won 104 games while the Detroit team went on to pull out 130 victories. The last time they saw each other was on January 30 when the Cavaliers were handed a disappointing 125-114 loss. During that game, Stanley Johnson scored 26 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, gave out 4 assists, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot while LeBron James had 21 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, and one block.
Reggie Jackson (ankle; 14.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 5.5 APG, 44.6 FG%, 33.9 3P%)
Jon Leuer (ankle; 5.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Jameer Nelson (coach’s decision; 5.1 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 3.6 APG, 40.2 FG%, 33.9 3P%)
Kay Felder (G-League; 3.7 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.3 APG, 29.4 FG%, 21.1 3P%)
Reggie Hearn (G-League; 3.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 100.0 FG%, 100.0 3P%)
Jeff Green (back; 10.5 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 48.5 FG%, 30.9 3P%)
Kevin Love (hand; 17.9 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 1.6 APG, 46.3 FG%, 40.4 3P%)
Tristan Thompson (ankle; 6.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 0.6 APG, 58.5 FG%)
The game would be somewhat competitive at the beginning as the Cavaliers shot forty-eight percent from the field in the first half while the Pistons ended up shooting forty-one percent. Larry Nance Jr. got hot for 18 points on seventy-three percent shooting while recording three offensive rebounds and seven defensive rebounds. LeBron James would help out with 16 points which included two three-pointers. James also had five rebounds and three assists while Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson, and Ante Zizic earned four points each. Kyle Korver played nine minutes off of the bench but was limited to just a three-pointer in the middle of the second quarter.
As for the Michigan team, Blake Griffin lit the floor up with 15 points while connecting for two three-pointers in the first period. He also had five rebounds, four assists, and one steal while Maryland-native Reggie Bullock earned eight points. Bullock was able to knock down two three-pointers while Andre Drummond recorded six points, six rebounds, one steal, and one block. Stanley Johnson played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just five points while the home team went into the locker room with a 54 to 49 lead.
The Cleveland Cavaliers would close things out in the second half as they went on a 58 to 41 run, shooting fifty percent from the field. LeBron James added to his scoring total with 15 points while earning 3 three-pointers in the third quarter. He also had 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while Cedi Osman had 10 points off of the bench. Nance would slow down as he had only four points in the second half while Rodney Hood earned nine points. On the other end of the court, Griffin collected ten more points but it wasn’t enough as the Cavaliers handed the Pistons a 112-90 blowout loss. LeBron James finished with 31 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, and one steal while Blake Griffin had 25 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and one steal.
The Detroit Pistons will host DeMar DeRozan (23.7 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 5.2 APG, 46 FG%) and the Toronto Raptors (45-17) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. This matchup will mark the third of four meetings between these two ball clubs this season. The Raptors and the Pistons have played each other a grand total of 89 times in the past as the Pistons earned 54 wins while the Raptors were kept to just 35 victories. The last time they saw each other was on February 26 when the Raptors handed the Pistons a huge 123-94 blowout loss. During that game, DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points, grabbed one rebound, gave out 7 assists, committed 2 steals, and blocked one shot. Kyle Lowry also had 20 points, along with 6 rebounds and 4 assists while Andre Drummond had 18 points, 18 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals, and 3 blocks.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will travel to Colorado to battle Gary Harris (17.9 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 3.0 APG, 49 FG%) and the Denver Nuggets (35-28) on Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. This game will mark the second and final time that the Nuggets and the Cavaliers will meet up this season. It was only four days ago when they last saw each other as the Cleveland team fell to the Nuggets, 126-117. Gary Harris finished that game with 32 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and one steal while LeBron James settled for 25 points, 10 rebounds, 15 assists, and 2 steals.