Joe G's Running Game Blog

December 23, 2013
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Joe G's Running Game Blog

FINAL - DET 115, CLE 92 ... The Cavs trailed by 10 after one quarter and it just got worse from there, as the Wine and Gold dropped their second straight -- a lopsided 115-92 loss tot he Pistons on Monday night at The Q. Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 21 points and Tristan Thompson followed up with 17 in the loss.

8:03, 4Q - DET 96, CLE 70 ... It's gone from bad to worse in the 4th, Cavs down almost four touchdowns early in the 4th; Kyrie (21 pt); Tristan (14) and Delly (10) only Cavaliers in double-figures; five Pistons in doubles, led by Josh Smith (25 pts); Drummond, 14 pts, 11 reb.

First half highlight - Kyrie's nice moves ...

2:21, 3Q - DET 77, CLE 61 ... Tristan Thompson, now with 14 pts, brought the Cavs to within 11, but DET (shooting 51 pct) has kept the pressure on; Cavs shooting 33 pct FG, beat on pts in the paint, 44-20; Bynum, 0-for-11 FG.

End 1H - DET 58, CLE 40 ... UGLY first half at The Q -- Cavs shot 27 pct FG, DET, 55 pct; Kyrie has almost half Cavs' points -- 6-11 FG, 3-6 3pt FG, 19 pts; Delly w/8pts off bench; Tristan, Gee, 5 pts each; Josh Smith, 20 pts for DET; Pistons leading pts in the paint, 30-12.

5:36 2Q - DET 42, CLE 26 ... Cavs normally don't look this disjointed at The Q, but it's been an ugly effort so far; Kyrie shooting 4-6 FG (10 pts), rest of team is 6-of-33; Delly, 5 pts, Clark, 3 pts off bench; Josh Smith, 12 for DET

End 1Q - DET 28, CLE 18 ... Has any Cavalier been more quietly clutch than Earl Clark this year? Hit a big three at end of 1Q to cut a 13-pt deficit to 10, might not sound big, but stemmed DET memomentum; Kyrie leads Cavs w/7 pts, 3-5 FG; Gee, 5 pts; Clark, only reserve to score.

2:57, 1Q - DET 19, CLE 14 ... Tristan is one tough dude, just fouled by Kyle Singler (who picked up a flagrant 1) took a really tough fall and bounced right back up -- that's why the kid plays 82 games; clunky start cor the Cavs, 35 pct FG (DET, 53 pct); Kyrie w/7 points; Gee w/an early 5.

Pregame - Coach Brown's pregame presser for tonight -- talking about replacing Dion Waiters, how to guard Andre Drummond, Sergey Karasev's progress in practice and even a little Westlake basketball

Waiters is out again with the right wrist tendonitis. Anthony Bennett, who claims he dropped five pounds with his recent bout with the bug, is active tonight vs. Detroit.

Same starting lineup for the Wine and Gold: G Irving, G Miles, F Gee, F Thompson, C Bynum