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Pregame: Cavs at Pistons

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 5, 2010

Cleveland Cavaliers (7-12) at Detroit Pistons (6-14)
6 p.m., The Palace of Auburn Hills, WTAM/FS Ohio

Cavs probable starters: PG Mo Williams, SG Anthony Parker, SF Joey Graham, PF J.J. Hickson, C Anderson Varejao
Pistons probable starters: PG Rodney Stuckey, SG Richard Hamilton, SF Tayshaun Prince, PF Jason Maxiell, C Ben Wallace
Injury report: Cavs -- J.J. Hickson (stomach virus) questionable, Joey Graham (stomach virus) questionable; Pistons -- Jonas Jerebko (Achilles) out, Terrico White (broken foot) out.

* It's difficult to imagine the Cavs playing any worse than they have the last two nights, but it's also tough to imagine them finding a way to win these next two games, which coach Byron Scott said had to happen for this to be considered a good trip. The Cavs are 1 1/2 games from falling into last place in the Central Division. That's where the Pistons are right now.

* The Pistons have lost four in a row and are coming off their worst performance of the season. They lost to Orlando 104-91 on Friday when the Magic were without Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick and Mickael Pietrus. Coach John Kuester has already endured fallouts with his players. In short, the Pistons are a mess. But so are the Cavs.

* Joey Graham and J.J. Hickson missed Saturday's disaster at Minnesota with stomach viruses. Assuming they are the 24 hour variety, both would presumably have a chance to play tonight.

* It's not that the Cavs are losing games, it's the way they're losing. They're not even competitive. They're falling behind early and never giving themselves a chance in the fourth quarter. They've really struggled to play well at home. If it could go wrong, it has.

* Antawn Jamison is the only Cavs player really calling out his teammates right now. They may or may not listen. Both he and Mo Williams said if this team isn't careful, the season can start to get away from them. They're only 19 games in, but after Tuesday's game against Philadelphia, the schedule really toughens again. After the game against the Sixers, the Cavs come home to face the Bulls. Then it's back out on the road for a grueling four-game trip to Houston, Oklahoma City, Miami and Indiana. They won't be favored in any of those games. Translation: Screw up these next two against the Pistons and Sixers and the season will have officially jumped the tracks much earlier than anyone thought it could.

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