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Cleveland vs. Detroit Final Score: Pistons Beat Cavs Sans Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, 89-79

The Cleveland Cavaliers thought this was a winnable game. And then they found out Dion Waiters was out. The game was ugly.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to hurt my eyes. With both Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters out with injuries, the Cavs had roughly zero consistent playmakers on the floor. It showed as the Cavs were at one point down by 22 points and ultimately lost by ten, 89-79.

Final - 12.3.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Cleveland Cavaliers 17 22 24 16 79
Detroit Pistons 30 26 19 14 89

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The team shot just 34% from the floor, including 3 of 20 from three point range.

Anderson Varejao grabbed 15+ rebounds for the 9th straight game and 17+ for the 5th straight game. He's an all-star.

Omri Casspi is actually starting to look like a real NBA player. His defense is pretty solid and his shot seems to be falling much more than last year. It was awkward having him in the starting lineup and forcing Alonzo Gee to play out of position, but that's life.

This was basically the Cavs on both offense and defense tonight:


The Cavs fall to 4-14 on the season and are back at it on Wednesday night when they host the dreaded Chicago Bulls. Read the Detroit Pistons perspective at Detroit Bad Boys.