|Last 5 Games||3-2||+2.5||2-3||4-1||106.2||51.2||44.2%||57.2||106.8||57.0||47.6%||49.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||100.9||51.8||39-87||44.7%||6-19||32.1%||17-25||67.2%||55||14||21||20||8||14||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||100.5||50.3||38-83||45.4%||8-22||36.0%||18-23||75.7%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||100.8||49.9||39-88||44.2%||7-20||33.5%||17-25||67.2%||56||15||20||20||9||14||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||104.2||52.6||39-83||46.9%||8-23||36.7%||18-24||75.4%||52||11||24||20||8||15||5|
|vs opponents averaging||100.1||50||37-83||45.2%||8-21||35.9%||18-23||75.8%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||105.2||53.8||40-83||47.4%||8-23||36.2%||18-23||75.6%||51||11||25||21||9||15||5|
|Last 5 Games||2-3||-0.8||2-3||3-2||99.6||50.2||43.7%||48.2||99.0||49.0||46.1%||51.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||97.5||48.5||37-85||43.3%||7-20||35.8%||17-23||75.2%||53||12||21||20||7||14||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||100.5||50.3||37-83||45.3%||8-21||36.1%||18-23||75.7%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||97.8||48.2||37-86||42.8%||7-20||35.7%||17-23||74.9%||56||13||23||20||7||14||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||101.4||51.3||38-83||45.4%||9-25||36.8%||16-22||75.9%||51||10||25||20||7||13||6|
|vs opponents averaging||100.2||50.1||37-83||45.3%||8-21||35.8%||18-23||75.5%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||98.7||48.3||37-85||43.0%||9-26||34.8%||16-21||76.4%||52||10||25||20||8||13||6|
|Average power rating of opponents played: DETROIT 95.4, CLEVELAND 95.4|
|3/22/2014||@ LA CLIPPERS||103-112||L||13.5||W||216||U||42-93||45.2%||55||15||45-83||54.2%||46||13|
|4/9/2014||@ CLEVELAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/11/2014||@ CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/13/2014||TORONTO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/16/2014||@ OKLAHOMA CITY|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/14/2014||@ GOLDEN STATE||103-94||W||9.5||W||200||U||40-82||48.8%||47||11||35-77||45.5%||48||17|
|3/16/2014||@ LA CLIPPERS||80-102||L||12||L||208.5||U||29-83||34.9%||61||17||42-94||44.7%||56||5|
|3/23/2014||@ NEW YORK||106-100||W||10||W||198.5||O||42-69||60.9%||36||13||35-77||45.5%||38||12|
|4/9/2014||DETROIT|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/11/2014||@ MILWAUKEE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/12/2014||BOSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/16/2014||BROOKLYN|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|DETROIT: GUARDS: BRANDON JENNINGS got a three-year deal to prove himself as a capable point guard, not just a flashy scorer. He'll have plenty of talent surrounding him in Detroit . . . RODNEY STUCKEY is in a contract year and has plenty of motivation. The question is whether his decision-making will ever allow him to play full-time . . . CHAUNCEY BILLUPS could beat out Stuckey for the two-guard role. He can play both backcourt spots and should see plenty of minutes . . . KENTAVIOUS CALDWELL-POPE scored through a lot of double-teams in college. We'll see if the late-bloomer is able to be as effective against NBA athletes. With the depth in Detroit, he's looking at strictly second-unit minutes this year . . . WILL BYNUM is locked into a second-unit spot. FORWARDS: JOSH SMITH is Detroit's new alpha dog. Offensively, he's a boom-or-bust player now that he'll spend more time on the perimeter . . . KYLE SINGLER was a steadying presence last year, and with his ability to play multiple spots, he should continue to get solid minutes off the bench . . . Italian League MVP LUIGI DATOME gives them a Swiss army knife type off the bench . . . It's back to square one for JONAS JEREBKO, who fell out of favor under Lawrence Frank. He has the kind of positional flexibility and versatility GM Joe Dumars has talked up, but he'll have to earn second-unit minutes . . . Second-rounder TONY MITCHELL is an NBA athlete who can break this rotation if the effort is there . . . CHARLIE VILLANUEVA gets paid a lot of money to do very little. CENTERS: GREG MONROE will give up some touches with Josh Smith coming in, but being surrounded by athletes like Smith and Andre Drummond will cover up his defensive flaws . . . ANDRE DRUMMOND will log close to full-time minutes with Monroe playing primarily the four. His offensive game may never come, but he's a defensive and rebounding monster. JOSH HARRELLSON will be a fan favorite who plays hard in the rare occasions he sees the floor. |
|CLEVELAND: GUARDS: There are some durability concerns, but KYRIE IRVING is on the verge of stardom. He should benefit from the arrival of Anthony Bennett, the kind of pick-and-roll weapon Cleveland has lacked . . . DION WAITERS is still a work-in-progress defensively, and this will likely be another developmental year. He might end up settling in as the leader of the second unit . . . JARRETT JACK seems likely to close out games, even if he doesn't technically start. He's a creative shot-maker who will play close to starter's minutes . . . C.J. MILES is more of a situational three-point threat. SERGEY KARASEV, a polished Euro import, could push him for that role . . . CARRICK FELIX doesn't figure to crack this rotation. FORWARDS: No. 1 overall pick ANTHONY BENNETT will see time at both forward spots, and he'll be a pick-and-pop weapon no matter where he's playing. The question is whether he'll defend well enough to stay on the court for 30 minutes . . . There should also be enough minutes for TRISTAN THOMPSON, who hasn't quite put it together. The 22-year-old has upside though, and is a bigger part of Cleveland's future than Anderson Varejao . . . EARL CLARK gives the Cavs a quality second unit player who can play extended minutes if Bennett is overmatched defensively . . . A starter last year, ALONZO GEE figures to be a second-unit glue guy, but might be looking at a lot of DNP-CDs. CENTERS: ANDERSON VAREJAO is once again healthy and once again trade bait. No matter what the starting lineup looks like, he'll play major minutes at the four and five . . . The Cavs are taking a flier on ANDREW BYNUM. With his knee problems, it'd be surprising if he could give them 20-plus good minutes per night . . . TYLER ZELLER is likely the odd man out until Varejao is dealt or Bynum gets injured.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (DETROIT-CLEVELAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Pistons-Cavaliers Preview* ===========================
By ELI KABERON STATS Writer
Detroit (28-49) at Cleveland (31-47), 7:00 p.m. EDT
Thanks to a win by the Detroit Pistons, the Cleveland Cavaliers' playoff hopes remain alive - barely.
For the reeling Cavaliers to keep their slim chance of reaching the postseason intact, they will need to beat the Pistons in Cleveland on Wednesday night.
Detroit enters this game after a 102-95 win at Atlanta on Tuesday. The Hawks are currently the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, 3 1/2 games ahead of Cleveland, and would have eliminated the 10th-place Cavaliers with a victory in that contest.
To reach the playoffs, the Cavaliers (31-47) will need to win their final four games, have Atlanta lose its remaining five and ninth-place New York drop at least three of its final four.
"For us, it's still the same. We want to get better every time we step out on the floor," Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said. "With these last two losses, it makes the playoffs much slimmer, but our approach doesn't change. We are playing to win."
The Cavaliers could use another big game from point guard Kyrie Irving, who has been the subject of a recent off-court rumors about his displeasure with the team. Irving scored a career-high 44 points Saturday while also adding eight assists and seven rebounds, but it was not enough as Cleveland lost to Charlotte 96-94 in overtime.
"As big of a game as that was, I would trade any of that in for a win, especially with the run we're trying to make," Irving said. "(It) was a tough one and probably one of the biggest games of my career thus far; just the magnitude of it and how much it meant to all of us and how much it meant to me."
Irving missed the most recent meeting with the Pistons on March 26 because of a biceps injury. The Cavaliers won that game 97-96 on Dion Waiters' buzzer-beater. Cleveland is 2-1 versus Detroit this season, with the road team winning all three games.
The Pistons (29-49) will be looking for just their third three-game win streak of the season. They defeated the Hawks without leading scorer Josh Smith, who missed his first game of the year because of patella tendinitis in his left knee.
His replacement in the lineup, Rodney Stuckey, filled in quite well, scoring a season-high 29 points.
The team's defense was also strong, holding Atlanta to 18.2 percent shooting in the fourth quarter.
"We just kept playing," said forward Greg Monroe, who had 21 points and 13 rebounds. "We did what we had to do to take back control of the game. Teams are always going to make runs in this league. We took our hit and we came back."
The Pistons have won four straight in Cleveland, the team's longest road streak in the series since a five-game run between 1984-86.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 10:53:38 AM EST|