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Pregame: Cavs (13-33) at Pistons (17-29)

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 1, 2013
Knight, Brandon holds ball
Brandon Knight and the Detroit Pistons have lost four of their last five games. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)


Time: 7:30 p.m.; Place: Palace of Auburn Hills; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WLEC, WAKR

Injury report: Cavs: Daniel Gibson (toe) questionable, Luke Walton (foot) questionable, Anderson Varejao (knee) out; Pistons: None.

Officials: Jason Phillips, David Guthrie, Marat Kogut

Series: Pistons lead 2-0


Cavs probables

Name Ht, Wt Pts Rebs Asts
PG Kyrie Irving 6-3, 191 23.9 3.6 5.5
SG Dion Waiters 6-4, 221 14.5 2.4 3.2
SF Alonzo Gee 6-6, 219 10.6 4.1 2.0
PF Tristan Thompson 6-9, 227 11.0 9.3 1.3
C Tyler Zeller 7-0, 250 8.3 6.2 1.3



Pistons probables

Name Ht, Wt Pts Rebs Asts
PG Brandon Knight 6-3, 187 13.9 3.4 4.3
SG Rodney Stuckey 6-5, 205 11.4 2.7 3.9
SF Kyle Singler  6-8, 230 8.5 3.8 1.2
PF Jason Maxiell 6-7, 260 7.4 6.0 0.7
C Greg Monroe 6-11, 250 15.7 9.1 3.2


* Kyrie Irving said he will play in the Rising Stars game despite also being named to the All-Star team. Blake Griffin sort of set the precedent last year by playing in both, so Irivng will, too.

* Luke Walton (death in family) and Daniel Gibson (toe) are both out tonight. Walton is not with the team.  

* Pistons coach Lawrence Frank told a Detroit radio station this morning he doesn't expect to have Jose Calderon available tonight, which is probably a good thing. Irving has struggled at times defending the crafty Calderon. 

* The Pistons' bigs always seem to give the Cavs trouble, which is part of the reason Detroit has won the first two meetings. Greg Monroe, Andre 

* Scott was thrilled the Cavs had four players selected to the Rising Stars game. "To me it shows we're on the right track," Scott said. "We've got some good, young talent. They're still learning to play together and learning to win. Some are still learning how to be professionals on this level. I'm very proud of all those guys and it's one of those things that makes us feel better about what we're trying to do here."

* The Pistons will look strange tonight without Tayshaun Prince, who was dealt to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of the Rudy Gay trade. Prince was the Pistons' last tie to their 2004 championship team. 

* Scott said he is a big fan of Gay, and while he understands the finances, he doesn't understand why the Grizzlies were so eager to trade him. "He's such a talented basketball player, but we always know money has something to do with it, At least they didn't do like they did years ago, where they just gave (Pau) Gasol away to another Western Conference team. At least this time they were ... let me stop," Scott said with a chuckle. "I'm a big Rudy Gay fan, ever since college. I just didn't understand it, but I do understand the money situation."

* The Cavs flew to Detroit early Thursday morning to take part in the league-mandated business of basketball seminar. The Cavs elected to hold it at Quicken Loans headquarters in Detroit and owner Dan Gilbert spoke to the players about finances. Scott was impressed with Gilbert's presentation. "I don’t know one owner yet since I’ve been in this league that has had his players in and talked to him as candid as he did yesterday about finances," Scott said. "He does not want one Cleveland Cavalier player to ever be in bankruptcy or anything like that. He would love for those guys to call him if they ever needed anything or any advice. I don’t know many owners like that. My only dream for these guys is take advantage of it. You’ve got a guy whose company is worth billions, so obviously he understands how to make money. I hope these guys, even if it’s a deal they have somebody is presenting a deal to them, have Dan’s people look at it. I would take full advantage of it if I was a player and I wish I would’ve had somebody like that when I was playing to give you that type of advice. He’s just unbelievable to me as a person. The thing I know about him, it was all genuine."

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