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Pregame: Cavs (20-39) at Pistons (22-38)

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 17, 2012

7:30 p.m., Palace of Auburn Hills, FS Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC


Cavs probables

Name Ht, Wt Pts Rebs Asts
PG Donald Sloan 6-3, 205 5.0 2.0 3.2
SG Anthony Parker 6-6, 210 7.3 2.6 2.5
SF Alonzo Gee 6-6, 219 10.7 5.1 1.8
PF Antawn Jamison 6-9, 235 17.9 6.4 2.0
C Tristan Thompson 6-9, 227 7.9 6.2 0.4


Pistons probables

Name Ht, Wt Pts Rebs Asts
PG Brandon Knight 6-3, 189 12.8 3.2 3.8
SG Rodney Stuckey 6-5, 205 15.9 2.7 3.8
SF Tayshaun Prince 6-9, 215 12.7 4.6 2.5
PF Jason Maxiell 6-7, 260 6.5 5.2 0.7
C Greg Monroe 6-11, 250 15.8 9.6 2.4

 Injuries: Cavs -- Kyrie Irving (shoulder) out, Anderson Varejao (wrist) out, Daniel Gibson (ankle/foot) out, Semih Erden (ankle); Pistons -- none

Officials: Bill Spooner, Nick Buchert, Kevin Fehr

* Byron Scott has been a little happier with Samardo Samuels’ play recently. Samuels admitted this morning he has been a disappointment most of the season. He didn’t identify one time as hitting rock bottom, but he knew he wasn’t playing up to his capabilities. Scott knew it, too.

* Scott said he wishes it would’ve clicked for Samuels a couple of months ago, but better late than never. Coming off a fairly surprising rookie season, much more was expected of Samuels this season and he never took that next step. He is by no means assured of a roster spot next season.

* Anderson Varejao made the trip with the team, but he wasn’t on the floor this morning for shootaround. The longer this goes, the less likely it seems he is coming back. After tonight, the Cavs six games and nine days left. Time is quickly running out on him.

* Driving up here this morning, I heard a Detroit radio tease that went something like “You’ve heard of must-win games? Today we’ll tell you about a must-lose game.” Glad to see tanking isn’t limited to state lines.

* For those of you only interested in draft lottery odds, the Cavs begin the night with the league’s fifth-worst record, but not by much. One or two errant victories could vault the Cavs to ninth. There are five teams clustered within two victories of each other at the bottom of the lottery standings, making every loss crucial – if that’s how you see life.

* The Cavs and Pistons are two of those teams. They’re separated by just 1 ½ games in the standings, but two other teams (New Jersey and Toronto) are between them in the standings.

* The Pistons have been playing better lately, however, and took the Bulls to overtime on Sunday. They should’ve won the game, but Rodney Stuckey missed a pair of free throws late and Derrick Rose hit a 3-pointer at the end of regulation to force OT.

* The Cavs might want to come up with a better attack for Tayshaun Prince, since turned back the clock in the last meeting and played as he did about five years ago. Prince tied his season high with the 29 points in the victory. The Cavs have taken two of three from Detroit in this series.


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