Detroit- The Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the Detroit Pistons, 113-102 on Monday night. Looking at the final score one may guess this one was close throughout, but unfortunately that was not the case. The Cavaliers trailed the Pistons by 24 points heading into the fourth quarter, then Coach Larry Drew decided to run a zone defense in the final quarter that ultimately held Detroit to 20 points.
The Pistons controlled this game from the opening tip scoring 38 points in the first quarter, putting the Cavs in a postion where they were trying to catch up all night. The Pistons shot (74%) in the first, and held a 20 point halftime lead. The Cavaliers do not have the firepower to continually dig themselves into these holes. On one hand, the loss makes the Cavs record (2-13) but on the other hand Collin Sexton continues to improve as the starting point guard. Sexton may have a had a slow start to his rookie season, but since taking over the starting job he’s shown a much better feel for playing point guard in the NBA.
The Cavaliers return home Wednesday night to host LeBron James and the Lakers, who are playing good basketball right now winning seven of their last nine games. Wednesday marks LeBron’s only return to Cleveland this season, it has been reported the Cavaliers plan on playing a tribute video for LeBron early in the game.