GameDay Preview: Cavs vs. Pistons

Tristan Thompson, Earl Monroe

Game Summary

The Wine and Gold return to Quicken Loans Arena tonight to square off against the Detroit Pistons. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Through three games, the Cavs have five players averaging double figures in scoring: Kyrie Irving (15.3), Dion Waiters (12.7), C.J. Miles (12.0), Tristan Thompson (11.7) and Anthony Bennett (10.0). The team leader on the glass is Anderson Varejao, who is pulling down 8.5 boards a night.

Detroit comes into tonight's contest boasting a 2-2 preseason record after falling to the Chicago Bulls, 96-81, last night in the Windy City. Rookie first round pick, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, led Detroit with 18 points.

Through four exhibition games, Detroit has been led by their frontcourt tandem of Andre Drummond (14.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg) and Greg Monroe (12.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg).

Probable Starters/Injury Report* presented by Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland ClinicCavaliers: PG - Kyrie Irving, SG - Sergey Karasev, SF - Earl Clark
PF - Tristan Thompson, C - Anderson Varejao

Pistons: PG - Will Bynum, SG - Kyle Singler, SF - Josh Smith
PF - Greg Monroe, C - Andre Drummond

Injuries: (Cavs) - Tyler Zeller, (Left Hip Flexor Strain/Appendectomy, Out), Andrew Bynum, (Right Knee Surgery, Out), Jarrett Jack, (Left Knee Chondromalacia, Out), Carrick Felix, (Mild Sports Hernia, Out), Dion Waiters, (Right Hip Contusion, Out)

(Pistons) - Gigi Datome, (Sore Right Hamstring, Day-to-Day), Rodney Stuckey, (Fracture of Distal Phalanx, Right Thumb, Out), Brandon Jennings, (Wisdom Tooth/Hairline Fracture of Mandible, Out)

*Subject to change

Head-to-Head Matchup

Cleveland is 23-15 in regular season matchups against the Pistons at The Q.

In four games against the Pistons during the 2012-13 regular season, the Cavs averaged 47.5 rebounds per game, including 16.5 boards on the offensive glass. Those offensive rebounds led to 16.5 second chance points in the series. Cleveland grabbed at least 20 offensive rebounds in two games against Detroit last season.

Key to the Game/Key Matchup

Key to the Game

Attacking the Basket

Detroit has a big-bodied frontcourt but they aren't necessarily great shot blockers. Free agent pickup, Josh Smith, has been a solid shot blocker throughout his career, but as a result, he can be susceptible to picking up fouls.

With these two factors in mind, the Wine and Gold should look to attack the basket in an effort to get to the charity stripe.

Over the past two preseason games, the Cavs are shooting a combined 52-64 (.813) from the free throw line. Their 37 made free throws last Friday against Orlando are the most by any team in a single game so far this 2013 preseason.

Key Matchup

Bench Battle

With the preseason in full swing and practices dragging on, fatigue has become a factor as we head into the start of the season.

Coaches have begun to rest certain guys, and in turn, training camp invitees should see increased minutes during this midway portion of the preseason.

The Pistons are on the heels of a back-to-back and have to rely heavily on their bench tonight. Look for Cavs benchmates, Matthew Dellavedova, Henry Sims, Kenny Kadji and Jermaine Taylor to play major roles against Detroit's reserves.


Preseason Games at Quicken Loans Arena presented by Discount Drug Mart
The Cavaliers will host two more preseason home games at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday, October 17th vs. the Detroit Pistons at 7:00 p.m.; and Saturday, October 19th vs. the Indiana Pacers at 7:30 p.m. Discount Drug Mart customers using their Courtesy Plus card with the purchase of (2) 8-pack 12 oz. bottles of Pepsi products will receive six (6) free tickets to one of three preseason games hosted at The Q.

Where to Catch the Action

TV: SportsTime Ohio, Radio: WTAM 1100, NBA League Pass Audio

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On Deck

The Cavs are in the midst of playing six games in 10 days, which includes a five-game homestand in Ohio that began on Oct. 15 in Canton. After a pair of contests at The Q (Detroit tonight and Indiana on Oct. 19), the team will head to the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH to face Philadelphia (Oct. 21) and Washington at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH (Oct. 23). Cleveland will wrap up their 2013 Preseason on the road against the Bobcats.