Game 60: Cavs at Pistons
The Palace of Auburn Hills
Radio/TV: WTAM (1100 AM)/Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED: The season can't end quick enough. The Cavs had just nine players available. Six players were out of the lineup.
But does that have anything to do with the Cavs trailing, 100-50, after the third quarter? Fifty points. Really? To the Pistons? They aren't much better off than the Cavs. In their last two meetings with the Cavs, though, they've won with little resistance.
They not only scored 116 points, but shot a season-high 60 percent from the field. The 39-point differential matches the Cavs' worst loss of the season.
Forward Alonzo Gee was held out of the game with an ankle injury. He joined Daniel Gibson, Kyrie Irving, Anderson Varejao and Semih Erden among the walking wounded. Luke Harangody is on a D-League assignment.
That pushed Omri Casspi into the starting lineup. He finished with 11 points, four rebounds and three steals. He wasn't bad, and hasn't been that bad in the last couple weeks.
Forward Antawn Jamison cornered the market on bad on Tuesday. He was 0 of 10 from the field, 0 of 4 from the 3-point line. He ended with more turnovers (four) than points (three). His plus/minus number was -47. It that possible?
The Cavs turned the ball over 19 times, which led to 29 points for the Pistons.
They were led by Manny Harris' season-high 18 points. Guard Lester Hudson was off, as well, as he made just 2 of 10 from the field en route to seven points.
Irving tested his sprained shoulder in shootaround on Tuesday at The Palace. If he has no soreness on Wednesday and gets medical clearance, he could be in the starting lineup on Wednesday vs. Philly.
Some wonder why the Cavs are even toying with the idea of bringing him back. It's hard to tell a player who is healthy enough to play that he can't.
These games have been almost unwatchable as of late. Having him back will help, as long as he doesn't re-injure his shoulder.
It doesn't look to me that center Anderson Varejao is going to make it back on the court. He still has some soreness in his fractured wrist. And, while we're on the subject, the Cavs should tell him he can't play this summer for Brazil in the Summer Olympics in London. It's too risky.
UP NEXT: The Cavs host Philadelphia at 7 Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena.
SF Omri Casspi (6-9, 225) vs. Tayshaun Prince (6-9, 215)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Jason Maxiell (6-7, 260)
C Tristan Thompson (6-9, 227) vs. Greg Monroe (6-11, 250)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Rodney Stuckey (6-6, 205)
PG Donald Sloan (6-3, 205) vs. Brandon Knight (6-3, 189)
Cavs – F Luke Harangody, C Semih Erden
Pistons - F/C Vernon Macklin
Bill Spooner, Nick Buchert, Kevin Fehr