The Cleveland Cavaliers have nothing to play for anymore in the regular season. With Monday's win over the Atlanta Hawks, the Cavs have clinched the No. 1 seed in the East and made it possible to give their best players an extended break before the playoffs. As a result, the Cavs are going to rest LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love on Wednesday. More players will probably rest too. To paraphrase Tyronn Lue, Sasha Kaun is going to play against the Pistons.
This should be fun?
Who: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Detroit Pistons
Where: Quicken Loans Arena - Cleveland, Ohio
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Enemy Blog: Detroit Bad Boys
Music: /cut to LeBron thinking about the playoffs starting on Saturday as Andre Drummond dunks on Kaun for the tenth time
Nothing Even Matters - Lauryn Hill featuring D'Angelo
Keys to the game
- This game means a lot more to the Pistons than it does the Cavs. They head into Tuesday night with the same record as the Pacers, but are the No. 8 seed in the East due to losing the tiebreaker. If they can finish 2-0, they give themselves a good chance to end up facing the Raptors in the first round instead of the Cavs.
- On Wednesday, Detroit will face Cavs team that really won't be putting forth much of an effort. As noted, LeBron, Irving and Love will all rest. Iman Shumpert is out too with a left injury that caused him to miss the Cavs' two previous games. If the Cavs go full out and rest as many players as possible, maybe Tristan Thompson is the only starter to play. J.R. Smith might have to play too, especially if Mo Williams remains unavailable with his knee issues.
- The most
funnot awful rotation for the Cavs would be as follows: Matthew Dellavedova, Smith, Richard Jefferson, James Jones, Thompson with Kaun, Timofey Mozgov and Jordan McRae coming off the bench. Let's. Get. Weird.
- Related: this game is totally going to be awful to watch. To put it nicely, this will not be a preview of a potential first round matchup. It's also fan appreciation night at Quicken Loans Arena, by the way. Thank goodness for free stuff.
Fear the Sword's Fearless Prediction
The Cavs are probably going to lose this game. Smith will finish with 27 points or something, but Detroit will wreck Cleveland otherwise. Pistons 102, Cavaliers 91.
Related: the playoffs start on Saturday.