Game 21: Pistons at Cavs
Quicken Loans Arena
Radio/TV: WTAM (1100 AM)/Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED: The Cavs and Pistons were playing for the second time in five days. The outcome on Saturday wasn't any better than last Monday's game at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Cavs' losing streak has stretched to five games in a row, as well as 15 of the last 17. This team was 2-2 at one point this season.
Cavs coach Byron Scott threw the media a bone in his pre-game availability. He said there's a slight chance Kyrie Irving and/or Dion Waiters could play on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers. First, they must get medical clearance to play. Neither player has gotten the OK as of yet.
Then, they'd have to participate in the full-contact practice on Monday.
I don't think either one will play. Irving, their leading scorer at 22 per game, was supposed to out for four weeks. It will be three weeks on Monday. They won't take any chances with their star player, who has a hairline fracture of his left index finger..
Waiters has a sprained left ankle. According to Kenny Roda of WKNR, Waiters also has a bone bruise. If that's the case, he probably won't play on Tuesday.
Do you think the Cavs need those two players back? Absolutely.
At the end of games, one can see they don't have the players who want to step up and take - and make - big shots. That's one of Irving's strengths. Waiters also has no problem taking that shot.
Normally, Daniel Gibson is a guy like that. He made just 2 of 11 shots from the field, 2 of 9 from behind the arc. They were good looks, too. He said he normally makes those shots, but not on Saturday.
Up next is a date with the struggling Los Angeles Lakers. They haven't hosted the Lakers for two seasons. The last time they played at The Q, Ramon Sessions had 32 points in the Cavs' win.
LAST GAME: The Cavs lost at Minnesota on Friday, 91-73.
UP NEXT: The Cavs host the Los Angeles Lakers at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena.
SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. Tayshaun Prince (6-9, 215)
PF Tristan Thompson (6-9, 227) vs. Jason Maxiell (6-7, 265)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 260) vs. Greg Monroe (6-11, 250)
SG Daniel Gibson (6-2, 200) vs. Kyle Singler (6-8, 230)
PG Jeremy Pargo (6-2, 219) vs. Brandon Knight (6-3, 187)
Cavs – G Kyrie Irving, G Dion Waiters, F Jon Leuer
Pistons - C Viacheslav Kravtsov, F Khris Middleton
Monty McCutchen, Pat Fraher, Karl Lane