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Pregame: Cavs-Pistons

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 9, 2011

Detroit Pistons (19-33) at Cleveland Cavaliers (8-44)
Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: Quicken Loans Arena; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probable starters: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Anthony Parker, SF Christian Eyenga, PF Antawn Jamison, C J.J. Hickson
Pistons probable starters: PG Tracy McGrady, SG Ben Gordon, SF Tayshaun Prince, PF Greg Monroe, C Ben Wallace
Officials: Ed Malloy, Matt Boland, Violet Palmer
Injury report: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Leon Powe (knee) doubtful, Mo Williams (hip) doubtful, Daniel Gibson (quad) probable. Pistons -- Richard Hamilton (groin) day to day, Chris Wilcox (groin) day to day, Jonas Jerebko (Achilles) out, Terrico White (broken foot) out.

Notes
* Is this the night? There are plenty of strong indications that tonight could be the night the Cavs finally end their miserable 25-game losing streak.

* The Pistons are playing the second night of a back-to-back, they're a mess internally because of the brewing war between coach John Kuester and star Richard Hamilton. If the Cavs give the same type of effort and intensity as they have their last four games, they should finally get a win tonight at home.

* The Pistons won by 10 in Detroit the last time these teams met. That stretch remains, to me, the turning point in this season. Coming off the embarrassing home loss to Miami on Dec. 2, the Cavs' next three games were on the road against last-place teams -- Minnesota, Detroit and Philadelphia. They lost all three and the season hasn't been the same since.

* Scott classifies the Pistons as a post-up team, making it important to keep them out of the paint and keep them off the boards. Both of those things have been problems at times this season. Then again, pretty much everything has been a problem this season at one time or another.

* With 30 games left in the season, Scott isn't worried about victories so much as numbers. He wants to see improvement on the defensive end, specifically in opponents' field-goal percentage. The Cavs are the second-worst team in the league, allowing opponents to shoot 48 percent from the floor. Scott's goal is to get that number down to 46 percent by the end of the season. That would get them more toward the middle of the pack in the league.

* How that translates into points allowed remains to be seen. Minnesota and Denver are both allowing teams to shoot about 46 percent from the field. The Timberwolves (108.3) allow the most points of any team in the league, while the Nuggets are 23rd and 104.5. The Cavs are 26th at 105.5.

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