The Cleveland Cavaliers once again took the court without Kyrie Irving or Dion Waiters. Without their two best playmakers and playing their 4th game in five nights, it was easy to expect an ugly loss (as I did in the preview). Despite the two teams that were playing, this was actually a pretty fun basketball game. The Detroit Pistons pulled away in the beginning of the fourth quarter, but the Cavs fought back. Ultimately, they fell short and lost 104-97.
Tyler Zeller had something of a breakout game, register 13 points to go with 8 rebounds.
Anderson Varejao went to the locker room and came out with a sleeve on his bruised elbow, but was able to start a new double-double streak with 16 points and 13 rebounds. He's still a monster.
Jeremy Pargo is good, maybe. He had a really nice offensive game, for the most part. It would be awesome if he could hang around as a nice backup point guard once Kyrie gets healthy. He finished with 24 points and 4 assists.
The Cavs are starting to get more and more contributions from C.J. Miles and Omri Casspi.
Alonzo Gee almost killed Kyle Singler.
Somehow, Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 30 points while Greg Monroe was held to just 11 points and 4 rebounds.