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Ohio-Michigan Bowl: Pistons travel to Cavs


  • Teams: Detroit Pistons (13-16) at Cleveland Cavaliers (10-16)
  • Date: December 23, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: FSD

What to look for

The Detroit Pistons were humbled in their last contest. Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets came into the Palace of Auburn Hills and checked the Pistons into the Smackdown Hotel.

The defeat was the second in a row for Detroit. Tonight’s opponent offers a bit of reprieve because of their roster construction. Indeed, Mo Cheeks’ unit struggled with containing post players in their last two contests and it resulted in double-digit losses.

Al Jefferson of the Charlotte Bobcats tortured the Pistons frontline and the Rockets’ Howard was even more impressive. Detroit will get away from interior forces when they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers this evening.

The Cavs have interesting pieces on the inside, but they are erratic. Andrew Bynum was once upon a time viewed as superior to Howard in the mind of some, but injuries have considerably dropped his stock.

The former Los Angeles Lakers center has games where he is impressive down on the block because he combines his size and strength with terrific touch. Bynum has a good hook shot he loves to unveil with his back to the basket if he is unable to get himself all the way to the hoop.

His low-post game occasionally comes with flashes of brilliance. He might uncork a drop step or a simple Madden truck move where he goes right through his defender for a dunk. Watch below:

With that said, Bynum no longer generates fear like he once did. He is impatient with his back to the basket and consequently, he will rush shots instead of kicking the ball back out to his teammates when a solid field-goal attempt is unavailablle.

Also, he has knack for seemingly falling apart whenever additional defenders come his way. The big man will cough up the ball or simply put up a low-percentage shot. As a result, Cleveland cannot consistently go him to on the interior.

Instead, Mike Brown places the ball in the hands of Kyrie Irving and allows him to dictate the offense. Uncle Drew is incredibly crafty with the ball, which allows him to beat just about any defender off the bounce.

Irving and Tristan Thompson have developed a good pick-and-roll chemistry, thus expect the Cavs to milk the two-man game tonight as much as they can.

Cleveland has intriguing pieces and should contend for a playoff spot, however their roster is simply too flawed. The core of Irving, Bynum and Anderson Varejao is injury prone. That’s a huge problem given that the second unit is quite unremarkable.

Furthermore, the Cavs have had some dissension in the ranks, which is rarely a sign of great times. There is talent there, although it does not fit appropriately. Just remember, there are nights where their collective skills will mesh and help them look like an actual postseason squad.

The Cavs have won six of their last 10 games and also, if we look at their schedule so far this season, they have registered some interesting wins at the Quicken Loans Arena.

Teams such as the Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Clippers have fallen in Cleveland. The Pistons will have a tough task ahead of them tonight, but ultimately their interior play should win them the game provided that Brandon Jennings does not feel the need to submit his And 1 Mixtape to Irving and the Cavs faithful.

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  • Dec 23, 20136:55 pm
    by Brandon Knight


    I feel like Drummond is going to have a big big game. 25+ points & 20+ rebounds

  • Dec 23, 20138:09 pm
    by Jopl


    My god.  Anthony Bennett is really bad.  Worst #1 pick ever?

    • Dec 23, 20138:25 pm
      by gmehl


      Yep its funny how Matthew Dellavedova (a fellow Aussie) who went undrafted is looking to be a far superior player. Della is the kind of backup PG the pistons need. He can hit the open shot and he hustles on D twice as hard as KCP. He is in the mould of Lindsay Hunter.

  • Dec 23, 20138:59 pm
    by gmehl


    Andrew Bynum is 0-11… owch!

    • Dec 23, 201310:36 pm
      by Chris


      Yeah I didn’t catch the game, but man ouch! He didn’t even rebound well.

  • Dec 23, 201310:12 pm


    Jennings and Josh looked really good

  • Dec 23, 201310:16 pm
    by Vic


    Best game of the season for Smennings as far as efficiency and smart play that maintained control when the Cavs made their run in the 3rd quarter. You can tell they are trying to grow and learning from their mistakes.
    Double Double-doubles for Drumroe, can’t complain about that.
    Datome is playing with some fire, not just camping at the 3 point line anymore… Gotta love that. He’s getting more comfortable.

    • Dec 23, 201310:37 pm
      by Chris


      He still didn’t shoot well from deep. I was hoping for more from the guy, but 2nd round draft pick I probably shouldn’t be hoping for too much.

      • Dec 23, 201311:19 pm
        by gmehl


        Datome wasn’t a 2nd round pick. He was signed as a free agent.

  • Dec 23, 201310:41 pm
    by anacaniwelk


    Another solid game from Jennings. As a team the Pistons are scoring so much more this year with Jennings running the show.  If only Cheeks could teach this team how to play defense. Pope and Smith have been decent defensively.  The rest have been bad.

  • Dec 23, 201310:50 pm


    Jennings said that they need to practice in the Arena more…rather then the practice facility…

  • Dec 23, 201311:24 pm
    by gmehl


    This game to me says more about how bad Cleveland is rather than us playing good. We did what we had to do to get the win nothing more and nothing less. Anyways Merry Christmas to all my fellow pistonpowered commenters and pistonpowered staff. Hopefully Santa can bring us all a mo’re balanced to for Xmas. Grant 

    • Dec 23, 201311:27 pm
      by gmehl


      That would be a more balanced team. Damn phone!

  • Dec 23, 201311:50 pm
    by Jodi aka "The Guru"


    Good win tonight Pistons!.. Jennings, Smith, Drummond, and my boy Bullwinkle all played great tonight…

  • Dec 23, 201311:52 pm


    I’m still stunned by the bobcat loss, I’m already over the Rockets loss

    Tonight was a needed win, imagine losing three in a row?
    We do not give Jennings enough credit for his play, and even the way josh smith has stepped up…or even the things they are saying after tough losses or blow outs… I just think we need to appreciate the process

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