Cavs Shift gears, take off James provides surge of power by starting second, fourth quarters with Dellavedova
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives by the defense of Detroit Pistons forward Stanley Johnson in the first quarter of Game 2, April 20, 2016, at The Q. John Kuntz, cleveland.com ORG XMIT: CLE1604202143141975
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Cavs (23-6) have the pretty tough task of having to travel for a road game against the Detroit Pistons (14-18) tonight after their Christmas Day triumph.
What’s up with the Cavs: This is their first trip to the Palace of Auburn Hills since sweeping the Pistons out of the first round of the playoffs. Below you see the Cavs’ usual starting lineup. It is purely a guess. With this being the second night of a back to back, LeBron James having played 40 minutes and Kyrie Irving 44 in yesterday’s 109-108 win over the Warriors, and with two off days to follow, one or both players could sit. This is the third consecutive year the Cavs played the day after also playing on Thanksgiving. Tristan Thompson is slated to play his 400th consecutive game tonight. The Cavs have won five straight and 10 of 11. They turned the Warriors over 20 times. Keep that in mind.
Cavs injuries: J.R. Smith (thumb surgery) and Chris Andersen (torn ACL) are out.
What’s up with the Pistons: They’ve lost five in a row. Their last loss was Dec. 23 to, guess who? The Warriors. During this losing streak Detroit lost 113-82 to the Bulls, and coach Stan Van Gundy ripped his players to the media. What the Cavs need to look out for, other than a tremendous hangover after beating Golden State, is the Pistons have held 13 of 15 opponents under 100 points at home. Also, Detroit is tied for second in the NBA for the fewest turnovers per game (11.9)
Pistons injuries: Reggie Bullock (knee surgery) is out.
Cavs (*subject to change)
F LeBron James (25.5 ppg; 7.9 rpg; 8.6 apg)
F Kevin Love (21.8 ppg; 10.7 rpg; 1.7 apg)
C Tristan Thompson (7.0 ppg; 10.2 rpg; 0.8 apg)
G DeAndre Liggins (2.9 ppg; 1.9 rpg; 1.1 apg)
G Kyrie Irving (23.9 ppg; 7.9 rpg; 8.6 apg)
F Tobias Harris (15.9 ppg; 4.9 rpg; 1.7 apg)
F Marcus Morris (13.2 ppg; 4.0 rpg; 1.8 apg)
C Andre Drummond (14.0 ppg; 13.4 rpg; 1.1 apg)
G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (14.6 ppg; 3.5 rpg; 2.9 apg)
G Reggie Jackson (14.2 ppg; 1.9 rpg; 4.9 apg)