Teams: Detroit Pistons at Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Feb. 9, 2011
Time: 7 p.m.
Television: Fox Sports Detroit
- Ramon Sessions
- Anthony Parker
- Christian Eyenga
- Antawn Jamison
- J.J. Hickson
Las Vegas projection
Spread: Pistons -1.0
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.
- Welcome the fantastic HoopData to the TrueHoop Network
- Justin Rogers is begging the Pistons not to lose to Cleveland
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- Brian Packey of DBB on the Spurs game
- Natalie Sitto of Need4Sheed on the Spurs game
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