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Game #63 - Detroit Pistons at Cleveland Cavaliers Game Night Open Thread

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2009/2010 NBA Regular Season
VS
21-40 48-14
March 6, 2010
Quicken Loans Arena
7:00 PM et
Radio - WTAM 1100 / FSOhio, ESPN
Probable starters:
Rodney Stuckey PG Mo Williams
Richard Hamilton SG Anthony Parker
Teyshaun Prince SF LeBron James
Jonas Jerebko PF Antawn Jamison
Jason Maxiel C J.J. Hickson

It's Snuggie Time at The Q! The Cavaliers face the Pistons tonight looking for their 6th straight win. IN some ways, however, the crowd at The Q are going after something much larger - a World Record. At tip-off, 20,592 fans will have put on the comfortable blanket with sleeves to break a World Record. Fans will have the wear the Wine-colored fleece for 5-minutes. You have to hand it to the Cavaliers - the team is 47-12, best record in the NBA, selling out every night, yet they still try and make it fun for the fans.

On to the game, where John Kuester brings in his Pistons in the midst of a really tough season. At 21-40, Detroit will likely nt make the playoffs, making their meteoric fall from the top of the Eastern Conference complete. Even though Chauncey Billups and Rasheed Wallace are gone, there is still something about the blue and red Pistons unis that boil my blood.

3-in the Key

1. At 48-14 (.774), Cleveland owns the NBA's best record and lead the league with highest point differential at +7.5. The team is 22-6 (.786) in 2010, which is the best mark in that span. With 11 of the next 20 games at The Q, the Cavaliers own the NBA's best home record at 26-4 (.867). Since the start of the 2008-09 season, the Cavaliers are 65-6 (.915) at home, which is also an NBA-best. After having the best home record last season at 39-2 (.951), the team is trying to hold the best home record in consecutive seasons for only the 14th time in NBA history and seventh time (5 teams) in the last 35 years.

2. The Cavs will face six division opponents in the next nine games and consecutive foes in Detroit and Milwaukee in their next two. The team is 6-1 (.857) against the Central this season and holds a commanding 16.0 game lead, the largest division lead in the NBA. Cleveland has defeated Detroit four straight games and the last two times at The Q and will play them three times in 16 days.

3. Against the Nets, J.J. Hickson posted his second career double-double (both this season) with 20 points, 13 rebounds and two steals. In his first two games starting at center, he has averaged a double-double of 18.5 points on 15-21 (.714) shooting and 11.0 rebounds.