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Recap: Pistons 102, Cavs 92

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 5, 2010

Daniel Gibson sat at his chair putting his socks on when his earphones fell out of his locker and cracked him on the head Sunday night after another difficult loss to another last-place team on the road.

The sky isn't falling yet, but it sure feels that way.

The Cavs gave a better effort in Sunday's loss, which sadly is how far they have fallen. Byron Scott now has to celebrate giving good effort and trying hard.

Something big is going to have to happen for this team to pull out of it. I'm not sure what that something is, but Scott hinted at dramatic lineup changes in the near future if things don't get any better. He's willing to give it a few more games to see if the current group can pull out of this, otherwise anything is possible.

But how many changes can he actually make? Boobie Gibson and Mo Williams can't start together in the backcourt. It would be a defensive nightmare against teams with any sort of size. There really aren't any other options at small forward. Jamario Moon didn't produce in that role and Graham is a journeyman NBA player filling a hole right now. Jawad Williams can't defend or rebound, which already are two deficiencies on this team.

One idea would be to start Antawn Jamison over J.J. Hickson, and Scott may be nearing that point. He has said a few times this season he is more interested in winning games than developing players for two or three years from now. Hickson continues to flounder after a fast start to the season and Jamison is playing better than most everyone else on the team.

Of course, starting Jamison is a risk with his tricky knee, which can swell up on him at any time. But if Scott and the Cavs are serious about trying to win this season, it's a potential move to shake things up. Scott hasn't ruled out the idea of giving Manny Harris and Samardo Samuels more minutes. Both are raw, undrafted rookies who would give great effort. Unfortunately, shifting to those two might be raising a flag on the season, which is difficult to do just 20 games in.

That's the problem right now for the Cavaliers: Plenty of questions, but too few answers.


Antawn Jamison 22 points, 6 rebounds
Mo Williams 14 points, 10 assists
Boobie Gibson 12 points
Richard Hamilton 27 points (ties season high)
Rodney Stuckey 24 points, 11 assists (ties career high)
Tayshaun Prince 20 points

Turning point
The Cavs went scoreless for more than three minutes in the third quarter after battling back to tie the game at 55. Richard Hamilton and Rodney Stuckey, who combined for 51 points, totaled nine points in the Pistons' 11-0 run during that stretch.

He said it
“Somebody in that locker room to get (mad) besides me.” — Coach Byron Scott, on what he is hoping will happen with his struggling team.

Key stat
The Pistons had 14 offensive rebounds, which led to 24 second-chance points. They also shot 9 of 20 on 3-pointers. The Timberwolves and Pistons combined to shoot 59 percent (27 of 46) on 3-pointers.

* Jamario Moon didn't play for the first time this season.

* Joey Graham and J.J. Hickson returned to the starting lineup after missing Saturday's game with stomach viruses. Hickson had seven points and a couple of rebounds, while Graham had eight points and three rebounds.

* Anderson Varejao had half of the Cavs' 12 offensive rebounds.


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