The Cavaliers and Pistons face each other tonight in Detroit. Both teams have been off since Wednesday of last week. This was the longest time off for both teams until the All-Star break. The Cavaliers won’t have more than one day off between games until Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
While a break gave the Cavs time to regroup to try and turn the season around, for a team with as many injuries as they have, this upcoming long stretch until Christmas will take a toll. Not only will they be without much time off, but they will also face some of the best teams in the NBA. This includes LeBron’s return to Cleveland, Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto, Houston, OKC, and Minnesota, all in a row.
Tonight’s matchup against the Pistons will be their most winnable game until they play the Nets on December 3rd and they’re 9.5 point underdogs. Detroit is at the bottom of the league in field goal percentage and 3-point percentage. Detroit is also in the bottom half defensively. Still, it doesn’t bode well for the Cavs, who are not much better themselves.
If there is any reason for the Cavs to continue to try and win, the next few weeks should kill that idea. It’s only going to get worse from here. It’s time for everyone to strap in, prepare for the NBA draft and embrace the tank.