#CavsPistons Game Preview - March 5, 2018

Quicken Loans Arena at 7:00 p.m. ET
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Game Summary

The Cavaliers (36-26) get back to action as they round out their five-game homestand against the Detroit Pistons (29-34) on Monday night. Tipoff from The Q is set for 7:00 p.m. (ET).

The Wine & Gold are looking to make the best of their longest home run of the season by capping it off with a win against Detroit on Monday after dropping three of four at The Q since February 25.

Since February 7, Cleveland has shot at least .500 from the field in seven of the last 10 contests, which includes a .523 (46-88) mark on Saturday night against Denver. The squad is also shooting a combined .500 (440-880) from the field and averaging 115.6 points in that stretch of games.

The Cavaliers are also tied for third in the NBA in fast break points per game at 16.5 (LAL-19.0, GSW-18.6, LAC-16.5). The Wine & Gold scored 21 transition points against Denver on Saturday.

Another interesting stat from Saturday's game is that the Wine & Gold dished out 25 assists and had just nine turnovers against the Denver, which was the third time this season the Cavs had at least 25 assists and less than 10 turnovers in the same game (10/24/17 vs. CHI, 2/9/18 at ATL).

From an individual perspective, LeBron James did what he does best after registering his 13th triple-double of the season (68th of career) with a team-high 25 points to go along with game-highs of 10 rebounds and 15 assists in 42 minutes. James has now tied his career-high for triple-doubles in a single season (13, 2016-17 season). James also became the first player in franchise history to record 6,000 rebounds with his eighth board of the night. This is certainly a welcome sign heading into his club's longest road trip of the season, which begins on Wednesday.

As Cleveland looks to build off the positives, they'll have to get past the Detroit Pistons, another new-look club, who come to town for the final time this regular season.

Motown rocked the NBA after acquiring five-time All-Star Blake Griffin (along with Willie Reed and Brice Johnson) from the LA Clippers back on January 29, trading Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris and Boban Marjanovic in the process. The Pistons, who were just 22-26 before the shakeup, won five-straight games with Griffin at the helm and were back above .500 in seemingly no time.

However, Detroit was unable to keep up the resurgence and have won just two of their past 10 games since February 7, losing two straight since their last win back on February 28. In their last five losses combined, the club was outscored 565-492.

Going forward, the Pistons will hope to scavenge the progress they made following their big-time deal with the Clippers. As of Sunday, Detroit sits four games back from the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff spot, currently held by the 33-30 Miami Heat.


Where to Catch the Action

TV: FOX Sports Ohio, NBATV

Radio: WTAM 1100, 100.7 WMMS, 87.7 La Mega

For live in-game updates, follow @cavs, @CavsJoeG, @CavsFredMcLeod, @MrCavalier34, @CavsJMike and @chones22 on Twitter.


Probable Starters/Status Update*

#3 - George Hill

#1 - Rodney Hood

#5 - JR Smith

#23 - LeBron James

#22 Larry Nance Jr.

#14 - Ish Smith

#25 - Reggie Bullock

#33 - James Ennis III

#23 - Blake Griffin

#0 - Andre Drummond

Status Update: (Cavs) - Kevin Love, (Left hand fracture, Out), Jeff Green, (Lower back soreness, Out), Tristan Thompson, (Right ankle sprain, Out)

Status Update: (Pistons) - Reggie Jackson, (Right ankle sprain, Out), Jon Leuer, (Left ankle surgery, Out)

*Subject to change.


Head-to-Head Matchup

As mentioned, Monday night's contest between the Cavaliers and Pistons is the fourth and final meeting between the two Central Division foes this season. The Cavaliers are 2-1 against the Pistons so far in 2017-18.

This season, the Cavaliers have played very well against their rivals, averaging 117.0 points (.494 FG%), 26.3 assists and 14.7 three-pointers made per game (44-103, .427 3FG%).

When it comes to playing in The Land, Cleveland has won each of the last three home games against Detroit by at least 17 points. Over that span, the Cavs have outscored the Pistons by 24.0 points (117.7-93.7), while also dishing out 27.3 assists (10.7 turnovers) and shooting .527 from the field, .500 (45-90) from three-point range and .825 from the foul line.

On the defensive end, Cleveland has limited Detroit to .369 shooting from the field (.324 3FG%) over the last three home meetings.

So far this season, the Cavs are 8-5 within the Central Division, averaging 113.3 points to their opponents' 107.8 during that stretch. Following Monday's contest with the Pistons, the Wine & Gold will round out the rest of their divisional play in the next few weeks with games against the Chicago Bulls (March 17) and the Milwaukee Bucks (March 19).


Game Promotions

Los Cavs Noche Latina
presented by Crown Royal

The Cavaliers will host the third annual Los Cavs Noche Latina, presented by Crown Royal, on Monday at Quicken Loans Arena at 7:00 p.m. Fans in attendance will enjoy special in-game videos, music, food and entertainment celebrating Hispanic culture. MORE INFO


On Deck

Following the Cavaliers' duel with Detroit, the Wine & Gold will hit the road for six-straight games, taking on the Denver Nuggets (March 7), Los Angeles Clippers, (March 9), Los Angeles Lakers (March 11), Phoenix Suns (March 13), Portland Trail Blazers (March 15) and Chicago Bulls on St. Patrick's Day (March 17). Cleveland's first contest back at The Q will be on March 19 when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Q Transformation

Q Transformation

Before you make your way downtown for Monday's matchup between the Cavaliers and Pistons, be sure to take note of the Huron Rd. lane closures that may effect your travels. For more information, CLICK HERE


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Cavs.com's Fred McLeod checks in from The Land to wrap-up the Wine & Gold's victory against the Pistons on Monday.

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Cavs.com's Fred McLeod checks in from The Land to wrap-up the Wine & Gold's victory against the Pistons on Monday.
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Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Monday's 112-90 victory over the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena.
Mar 5, 2018  |  03:33

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Cavaliers guard Rodney Hood spoke with the media following Monday's 112-90 victory over the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena.
Mar 5, 2018  |  04:06

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Mar 5, 2018  |  06:28

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Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. spoke with FOX Sports Ohio's Allie Clifton following Monday's 112-90 victory over the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena.
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Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. spoke with the media following Monday's 112-90 victory over the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena.
Mar 5, 2018  |  05:41

GAME RECAP: Cavaliers 112, Pistons 90

Lary Nance Jr. scores a career-high 22 points to go along with 15 rebounds as the Cavaliers get the win over the Pistons, 112-90.
Mar 5, 2018  |  01:52

Great Passing Leads to Incredible Basket

Jordan Clarkson finishes off a round-the-world passing play with an incredible three-pointer that rolls off the top of the basket and in.
Mar 5, 2018  |  00:11

Clarkson Hits Tough Jumper

Jordan Clarkson takes control of the possession, knocking down a tough jumper to cap off an impressive play in the fourth quarter.
Mar 5, 2018  |  00:08

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LBJ Tosses Sky-High Oop to Nance Jr.

LeBron James throws up a perfectly timed alley-oop to Larry Nance Jr. during the second quarter against the Pistons.
Mar 5, 2018  |  00:12

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Zizic Says "Get That Weak Stuff Outta Here"

Ante Zizic denies the Pistons offense in the paint with a big block in the second quarter.
Mar 5, 2018  |  00:09

LBJ Hammers It

LeBron flies past the Detroit defense for a one-handed jam midway through the first quarter on Monday night.
Mar 5, 2018  |  00:12

Nance Jr. Grabs the Put-Back Dunk

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Mar 5, 2018  |  00:15

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