Game 71: Pistons at Cavs
at Quicken Loans Arena
RADIO/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED: The Cavs snapped a seven-game losing streak at The Q. They had lost four in a row overall before Friday's big win.
They are now 1-2 thus far on their five-game homestand that continues Sunday against Atlanta.
One has to love the minutes Coach Byron Scott is getting out of veteran point guard Baron Davis. They wanted to keep him around 20 or 25 minutes. He played 24, and they were productive minutes. He finished with 16 points, five assists, four rebounds and a steal. He made 6 of 13 field goals and 4 of 7 from behind the arc.
He's not afraid to take the last shot. He's not afraid to miss the last shot. He's one of those guys who has the rare ability to take over the game. The players will follow a player of his caliber. He has mad leadership skills.
He asked Scott not to put him in the starting lineup just yet. It could happen on Sunday against the Hawks. When it does happen, he'll likely stay there for the rest of the season.
Meanwhile, let's touch on the Pistons for a second. Why in God's name is Tracy McGrady starting for that team? Why was he even signed in the first place? They had to know this was going to be a rebuilding year for this club.
Will Bynum, one of the top backup point guards in the league, didn't get off the bench until the start of the fourth quarter. Shouldn't Rodney Stuckey be starting for this team? He's the future, as far as I can tell. I just don't get it. Play the youngsters.
SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. Tayshaun Prince (6-9, 215)
PF J.J. Hickson (6-9, 242) vs. Greg Monroe (6-11, 250)
C Ryan Hollins (7-0, 240) vs. Chris Wilcox (6-10, 235)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Rip Hamilton (6-7, 193)
PG Ramon Sessions (6-3, 190) vs. Tracy McGrady (6-8, 223)
Cavs – F Antawn Jamison, C Anderson Varejao, C Semih Erden.
Pistons – F Jonas Jerebko, C Ben Wallace, G Terrico White.
|Monty McCutchen||, Olandis Poole,||Derek Richardson|