Game 2: Cavs at Pistons
at The Palace of Auburn Hills
RADIO/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED: The Cavs played inspired defense, a stark contrast to Monday's loss to Toronto.
When Coach Byron Scott went to his second unit, they made a major impact on the game. Instead of letting the lead dissipate, they built on it. Point guard Ramon Sessions is playing as well as I've seen him play.
Not only is he running the team, he's defending and shooting the 3-pointer with confidence. I don't know if it's a competitive thing with Kyrie Irving now on board, but Sessions is giving the Cavs great minutes.
Let's see if he can continue that on Friday against a good Indiana team.
Many are down on forward Antawn Jamison. But he proved he's not ready for the glue factory just yet. He made 6 of 9 shots from the field on Wednesday for 15 points.
Irving played just 19 minutes, 50 seconds, but wasn't needed any further. Scott never went back to his starters late in the game, which proved to be the right decision.
The Pistons played without suspended forward Charlie Villanueva, who is being penalized for his fight with Cavs center Ryan Hollins at the end of last season. Villanueva might have helped a bit on the boards, but the Pistons were throttled in the rebounding department, 40-26.
Other than rookie guard Brandon Knight, who I really like, the Pistons got nothing off the bench. Vernon Macklin's two points were the only points they got off the bench, other than Knight's 23 points.
SF Omri Casspi (6-9, 225) vs. Tayshaun Prince (6-9, 215)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Jonas Jerebko (6-10, 251)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 260) vs. Greg Monroe (6-11, 250)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Ben Gordon (6-3, 200)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 191) vs. Rodney Stuckey (6-5, 205)
Cavs – G Mychel Thompson, C Semih Erden
Pistons - none
Derrick Stafford, Brent Barnaky, Michael Smith