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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Game 30: Pistons at Cavs

Quicken Loans Arena
Radio: WTAM-AM 1100, WMMS-FM 100.7, La Mega-FM 97.7
TV: Fox Sports Ohio

1. This team needs something drastic to happen. A major trade. A good waiver claim. Something. Right now, it's playing like it doesn't give a darn about anything. If the Cavs keep playing like they are right now, they are going to cost Coach David Blatt his job.

2. This one was downright embarrassing. The Pistons came into the game one of the worst teams in the NBA. So what happened? They spanked the Cavaliers. Remember this team is fragile. Whenever it faces any kind of adversity, it shatters. That's not a good trait.

3. They really missed point guard Kyrie Irving, who is suffering from a left knee contusion. Without him, they have no consistent scoring. Their six guards were a combined 5 of 27 shooting on Sunday. Even Dion Waiters, who had been on a hot streak, was 3 of 8 for six points. A.J. Price was 0 of 6 from the field. It wasn't pretty.

4. The more I see of Matthew Dellavedova, the more I realize he has some major holes in his game. When he's playing 15-20 minutes off the bench, his deficiencies aren't as glaring. He just can't shoot with any consistency. Does he wonder why he gets so many open looks? Opposing teams want him to shoot.

5. The Cavs had a three-game winning streak against Detroit snapped. If one didn't know anything about the NBA and tuned into Sunday's game, one would think that it was the Pistons that were supposed to be a title contender and not the Cavs.

6. The Cavs suffered their first loss in four tries against the Central Division this season. They are also 11-3 against the Eastern Conference.

7. Cavs forward LeBron James became the 32nd player in NBA history to record 6,000 assists for his career in the Magic game. 

8. This was the third time this season the Cavs have had three players grab 10 or more rebounds in a game (vs. Indiana on Nov. 29 and at Brooklyn Dec. 8 were the others).

UP NEXT: at Atlanta, Philips Arena, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

SF LeBron James (6-8, 250) vs. Kyle Singler (6-8, 228)
PF Kevin Love (6-10, 243) vs. Greg Monroe (6-11, 250)
C Tristan Thompson (6-10, 238) vs. Andre Drummond (6-11, 279)
SG Mike Miller (6-8, 218) vs. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (6-5, 205)
PG Matthew Dellavedova (6-4, 200) vs. Brandon Jennings (6-1, 169)
Cavs - C Anderson Varejao, G Kyrie Irving
Pistons - F Anthony Tolliver
Bill Spooner, David Guthrie, C.J. Washington


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