Since the start of April, the shorthanded Cavaliers had been back to battling for 48 minutes. But for the second straight game, they dug themselves a huge first-half hole and couldn’t recover.

One game after notching just 30 first-half points, the Cavaliers netted just 38 before intermission on Tuesday at The Palace.

They allowed the Pistons to score a season-high 61 points after two quarters and Detroit didn’t let up from there – scoring the first 16 points of the second stanza and running out to the one-sided 116-77 decision.

Wednesday, April 25th is Cavaliers Fan Appreciation Night presented by HorseShoe Casino Cleveland at The Q, a big deal in itself, but this year Cavs’ longtime sponsor Cub Cadet is bringing something really cool to The Q. An experience like no other — the Cub Cadet Test Drive Challenge Tour makes its Cleveland debut at The Q! Hosted by the Cavs, the official Cub Cadet hauler roars into town the morning of the 25th, midway through its 90-city tour, to set up the Test Drive Challenge on the plaza between Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field from noon to 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday afternoon, minutes before the Cavaliers took on the Magic at The Q, an annual award was handed out at center court.

There wasn’t a big ceremony. The award wasn’t presented by a corporate sponsor or some NBA muckety-muck. Even for the player who received it, the award might not wind up at the forefront of his trophy room.

NEW YORK, April 16, 2012 – Cleveland’s Antawn Jamison, Dallas’ Jason Kidd, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul, Miami’s Shane Battier, Minnesota’s Luke Ridnour and New York’s Jeremy Lin were selected by a five-member panel of former players as divisional winners for the 2011-12 NBA Sportsmanship Award.

The NBA Sportsmanship Award, designed to honor a player who best represents the ideals of sportsmanship on the court, is voted on by NBA players. The NBA will announce the winner after the regular season.