|Last 5 Games||2-3||+0.9||5-0||3-2||99.0||52.0||49.2%||51.2||96.6||53.8||45.8%||43.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||94.2||47.9||36-81||44.6%||6-18||35.6%||16-22||69.7%||51||12||21||20||7||14||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||97.7||49.2||37-82||45.2%||7-20||35.7%||17-22||75.2%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||93.2||47.3||36-82||43.6%||6-18||35.7%||16-22||69.9%||51||12||21||20||7||15||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||98.8||49.8||37-81||45.9%||7-20||36.3%||17-22||76.0%||50||11||22||20||8||13||6|
|vs opponents averaging||97.7||49.1||37-82||45.1%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.5%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||101.2||52.3||38-82||46.2%||8-21||37.5%||18-23||76.4%||51||11||23||20||8||12||6|
|Last 5 Games||2-3||+0.8||4-1||2-3||94.2||45.8||42.0%||55.4||98.0||53.2||43.9%||53.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||96.7||49.3||36-84||43.3%||7-19||34.9%||17-22||75.9%||50||12||21||21||8||13||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||97.6||49.1||37-82||45.1%||7-20||35.6%||17-22||75.3%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||97.2||48.7||37-84||43.3%||7-19||35.3%||17-23||76.0%||52||12||23||20||8||13||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||101.2||50.3||38-80||47.6%||7-20||37.2%||18-24||74.4%||51||11||24||20||8||15||7|
|vs opponents averaging||97.5||49||37-82||45.2%||7-20||35.8%||16-22||75.2%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||100.0||49.0||38-81||46.7%||7-20||37.0%||17-22||75.3%||50||11||24||20||8||15||7|
|Average power rating of opponents played: DETROIT 95.5, CLEVELAND 96.2|
|3/1/2013||@ NEW ORLEANS||95-100||L||3.5||L||194.5||O||39-78||50.0%||43||14||35-81||43.2%||56||11|
|3/3/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO||75-114||L||13||L||199||U||28-86||32.6%||54||19||45-89||50.6%||58||11|
|3/10/2013||@ LA CLIPPERS||97-129||L||13||L||198.5||O||30-64||46.9%||40||14||50-80||62.5%||50||9|
|3/13/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE||97-105||L||11||W||199||O||40-89||44.9%||44||9||41-72||56.9%||48||13|
|4/10/2013||@ CLEVELAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/12/2013||CHARLOTTE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/15/2013||PHILADELPHIA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||@ BROOKLYN|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/16/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO||113-119||L||15||W||200.5||O||43-85||50.6%||39||10||45-78||57.7%||53||18|
|3/31/2013||@ NEW ORLEANS||92-112||L||5.5||L||193.5||O||38-82||46.3%||38||13||40-74||54.1%||52||14|
|4/10/2013||DETROIT|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/12/2013||NEW YORK|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/14/2013||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/15/2013||MIAMI|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||@ CHARLOTTE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|DETROIT: GUARDS: RODNEY STUCKEY was hampered by nagging injuries a year ago. If he's healthy, he's the best offensive weapon they have . . . BRANDON KNIGHT is more of a combo guard running the point. He can shoot, but doesn't bring much else to the table . . . With Ben Gordon gone, WILL BYNUM has a chance to regain a significant role . . . The Pistons' two second-round picks have a chance to carve out big roles. KIM ENGLISH has a skill set similar to Gordon's, capable of heating up and scoring in bunches . . . KHRIS MIDDLETON is more of a spot-up, catch-and-shoot threat only . . . Former No. 6 overall pick JONNY FLYNN agreed to a non-guaranteed contract in October, as he is no guarantee to even make this sorry roster. FORWARDS: TAYSHAUN PRINCE is still hanging on as the Pistons' best all-around player . . . JASON MAXIELL should be able to reclaim his starting spot early. He rebounds and takes up space . . . JONAS JEREBKO showed flashes but looked rusty in his first year back from an Achilles injury . . . 2011 2nd-rounder KYLE SINGLER has a good chance to step into the rotation after a solid year in Spain . . . COREY MAGGETTE was acquired in a Ben Gordon salary dump. He'll see limited minutes . . . AUSTIN DAYE regressed big-time last year. Unless he gets off to a hot start, he'll be on the outside looking in at the rotation . . . TERRENCE WILLIAMS is seeking a new lease on life, but could be too much of a head case to realize he's wasting his talent . . . The Pistons are counting down the days left on CHARLIE VILLANUEVA's contract (two years). CENTERS: GREG MONROE is a solid fit in Frank's system. He's not a great athlete, but he can score and move the ball on offense, as well as rebound . . . ANDRE DRUMMOND could one day be a perfect fit alongside Monroe. But for now, he'll watch and learn as a raw, boom-or-bust prospect . . . VIACHESLAV KRAVTSOV is an athletic big who will bring energy, but little offense in limited minutes.|
|CLEVELAND: GUARDS: KYRIE IRVING is the real deal, a heady playmaker and near-elite shooter. He should emerge as the NBA's next great point guard this season . . . Rookie DION WAITERS has a chance to step right into the starting lineup. He can get to the rim and generally makes good choices withthe ball. The only thing holding him back is defense after playing college ball in Syracuse's lazy zone . . . C.J. MILES will reportedly start at either the two or three spot, but he really needs to find the range on his shot again for him to stick in the starting lineup . . . Gunning combo guard DANIEL GIBSON is looking like he'll be their sixth man . . . The Cavs are still trying to figure out their second unit. JEREMY PARGO figures to be Irving's backup, but DONALD SLOAN is a better defender and could eventually pass him for this role, which doesn't mean many minutes unless Irving gets injured again. FORWARDS: TRISTAN THOMPSON is trying to add a perimeter shot to his repertoire. Don't count on him becoming David West, but he should improve offensively to go along with his rebounding and shot-blocking . . . ALONZO GEE returns as the starting small forward, excelling on the defensive end, but without a polished enough offensive game to earn 35 minutes per night . . . OMRI CASSPI was in and out of the rotation late in the year as he battled knee issues. It's getting close to make-or-break time for him . . . JON LEUER is a solid stretch four who has a real chance at a rotation spot . . . SAMARDO SAMUELS reportedly dropped some weight in his effort to find some minutes . . . LUKE WALTON is an unofficial member of the coaching staff . . . Undrafted rookie KEVIN JONES could make some noise with his work on the offensive boards . . . LUKE HARANGODY is more of a D-League talent. CENTERS: ANDERSON VAREJAO's wrist should be 100 percent, and Sideshow Anderson should be the same relentless, double-double threat he's always been . . . Rookie TYLER ZELLER is a 7-footer with some nice offensive skills -- he can knock down a jump shot in the half court, and run the floor. He'll struggle to defend in space, but made a living drawing charges at UNC, and should be able to play 20+ minutes as a rookie.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (DETROIT-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Pistons-Cavaliers Preview* ===========================
By BRETT HUSTON STATS Editor
Detroit (26-52) at Cleveland (24-52), 7:00 p.m. EDT
There's a week left in another tough season for the Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who will again occupy the bottom two spots in the Central Division and are hearing rumors about the cloudy future of their respective coaches.
If beating Cleveland was the primary focus, Lawrence Frank wouldn't have any concerns about his job security.
The Pistons look for a sixth straight win in this series on Wednesday night when they visit the Cavaliers, who are coming off a particularly perplexing defeat.
Detroit (26-52) lost 21 of its first 28 games this season before a 14-12 stretch heading into the All-Star break, but the Pistons' 5-19 record since the break is better than only Orlando's.
Frank's team hadn't won at The Palace of Auburn Hills since the break, but snapped an eight-game skid there - and an 18-game series slide - with Sunday's 99-85 win over Chicago.
"We made a lot of winning-type plays and played with a lot of intensity," Frank said.
That victory came a day after Frank addressed rumors about his job being in jeopardy, saying "when you have a record like we have, it comes with the territory" - a statement that could just as easily apply to Cavaliers coach Byron Scott.
Star guard Kyrie Irving said Sunday he wouldn't address Scott's future, and Cleveland went out that night and beat Orlando 91-85 for its second straight win, but Scott may be feeling the heat again after Tuesday's game in Indiana. Up 86-66 with less than 10 minutes remaining, the Cavaliers collapsed down the stretch as the Pacers closed the game on a 33-8 run to win 99-94.
"We all have to take responsibility as a team, we all took our foot off the gas," said Irving, who finished with 29 points but had three of his eight turnovers in the final 2:36. " ... We just did not stay aggressive. We played not to lose instead of playing to win."
Cleveland (24-53) might not feel too great about its chances to recover Wednesday considering how poor it's played against Detroit recently. The Pistons have won the last five meetings by an average of 17.2 points, holding the Cavaliers to 37.1 percent shooting.
Irving has missed three of those losses, though he was around for the most recent - Detroit's 117-99 home win on Feb. 1 as it outscored Cleveland 62-42 in the paint.
Irving has averaged 23.5 points, 7.0 boards and 7.0 assists in two career home games against the Pistons, but the point guard picked seven spots after him in the 2011 draft has had his way with the Cavaliers. Brandon Knight has averaged 22.2 points on 54.1 percent shooting and 6.4 assists during Detroit's winning streak in the series.
Knight has scored 45 points in the Pistons' last two contests after totaling 38 points - on 29.2 percent shooting - in his previous six games.
When Knight has scored at least 15 points this season, Detroit is 17-15. When he's had 14 or fewer or hasn't played, it's 9-37.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 5:09:31 PM EST|