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Gameblog: Cavs vs. Detroit Pistons

By George Thomas Published: March 5, 2010

Game: Cavs (48-14) vs.  Detroit Pistons (21-40)
Radio: WAKR (1590 AM); WTAM (1100 AM), WHBC (1480 AM)
Cavs:  LeBron James (F); Antawn Jamison (F); J.J. Hickson (C); Anthony Parker (G); Mo Williams (G).
Pistons:  Tayshaun (F); Jonas Jerebko (F); Jason Maxiell (C); Richard Hamilon (G); Rodney Stuckey (G).
Cavs:  Shaquille O'Neal (thumb), Sebastian Telfair (groin) - OUT.
Pistons: Ben Wallace (sore right knee); Chris Wilcox (sore back) - QUESTIONABLE.
Officials: Dick Bavetta, Mark Lindsay, Michael Smith.
This isn't the Pistons team of old, but they won't be pushovers either, despite coming in on a five-game losing streak.  Richard ''Rip'' Hamilton (18.7 points) and Rodney Stuckey (17.3 points) are still dangerous at the guard positions and they are playing the Cavs a reason in itself to get up for the game, considering the two teams' history with one another.  Despite the fact that their head coach, John Kuester, came from Cleveland (he was also in Detroit previously), there's still bad blood.
But the one position that could prove interesting to watch is at the center - a position where the Cavs are youngest as J.J. Hickson makes his third start.  He goes up against Jason Maxiell and is coming off two games where he averages close to 20 points and 11 rebounds per game.  Hickson could use his ability to cut to the basket and overall athleticism to have yet another big night.

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