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Please not us not us not us: Pistons try and hand Cleveland Cavaliers their 26th straight loss

Essentials

Teams: Detroit Pistons at Cleveland Cavaliers

Date: Feb. 9, 2011

Time: 7 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Pistons: 19-33

Cavs: 8-44

Probable starters

Pistons:

Cavs:

  • Ramon Sessions
  • Anthony Parker
  • Christian Eyenga
  • Antawn Jamison
  • J.J. Hickson

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons -1.0

Over/under: 199

Score: Pistons win, 100-99

Three things to watch

1. The streak, of course

Everyone knows about the Cavs. They’ve lost a record 25-straight games. They’re terrible. And yet … there is still a lot of fear that they could beat Detroit. They’re at home, after all, and Detroit hasn’t been a good road team. Jamison, Hickson, Sessions and Daniel Gibson have all certainly had success against the Pistons before. And rookie Christian Eyenga has scored in double figures in four straight games. The Cavs are terrible, but they undoubtedly have prideful players who want to end this streak, and I’m sure this home game against a bad team on the second half of a back-to-back has been circled as an opportunity to do that.

2. Manny Harris is not too bad

Harris, a Detroit product and undrafted rookie out of Michigan, has had a pretty solid season for Cleveland, as far as seasons for undrafted rookies go. He’s started 14 games, he scored a career-high 27 points in a game in January and he’s averaging 7 points and 3 boards per game. His 39 percent shooting is certainly not pretty, but it’s nice to see Harris having some success since so many criticized his decision to leave Michigan early.

3. Come on … Dan Gilbert deserves this

Although it would certainly fit the pattern of crushing Pistons losses this season, they just can’t lose to the Cavs. No offense to the Cavs’ players, but admit it … a part of you enjoys that Dan Gilbert is going through this.

Pregame Reading

6 Comments

  • Feb 9, 20115:34 pm
    by Laser

    Reply

    1) as i like to say, at least the cavs have an excuse for being terrible.
     
    2) i wouldn’t mind dropping this game. not one bit. anything that propels this team towards some trade deadline activity is wonderful.

  • Feb 9, 20115:48 pm
    by bg8

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    won’t be surprise if they lose to the cavs. if they do, season is pretty much over. they should just start monroe, cv, daye, stuck, bg. bring tmac/prince off the bench. its time to let the 5 play together for an extended amount of time since they are supposedly the future of the team.

  • Feb 9, 20118:17 pm
    by detroitpcb

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    Bynum plays under control and Stuckey has a solid first half. Cv was also very active and (never thought i would say this) it was good to see Chris Wilcox back.

  • Feb 9, 20119:31 pm
    by Jason

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    I feel bad for Ramon Sessions. Guy has tons of potential, but is stuck with being on terrible teams. 7-11, 20 Points, and 12 assists – would love to have him as our starting PG..

    • Feb 10, 20111:09 am
      by Mike Payne

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      I’m with you, Jason.  I’ve been a fan of Ramon since his rookie season, I watched his 25 assist explosion against the Bulls when he was a Buck.  I’ve been wanting him as a Piston for a long time, even made the case for it last June.

      • Feb 10, 201111:23 am
        by Jason

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        Great article, Mike! Couldn’t agree more on this one, How Minnesota didn’t understand Session’s potential is beyond me.. And of course, he goes from one of the worst teams in the league, to one of the worst teams in the league’s history.. Guy just can’t catch a break..
         
        He definitely  has skills though, he can pass, score, and seems to have insane court vision. I think he would be a perfect fit for the Pistons, its too bad Dumars is completely oblivious to the fact that we need a REAL PG.
         
        Not sure what we could package to Cleveland, but one would think they might be open to cleaning house after this miserable season.. Maybe we can be lucky enough to send Stuck in some sort of package for him? Would be amazing…

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