What We Learned: Cavs vs Pistons

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The Cavs might be the most frustrating team to watch quite literally in the entire NBA. They had no answer for the Pistons’ 3 point shooting and were embarrassed by Detroit in a blowout at the Q. Here are some things we can take away from Sunday’s frustrating game.

The Cavs can’t close bad teams out. Awful teams like the Pistons know how to lose. They go into games like this and expect to lose. When you have a chance to put them away, you put them away! It’s as simple as that. The Cavs were up by 15 in the 2nd quarter, but couldn’t keep the lead. If the Cavs keep their foot on the pedal, the Pistons would’ve just accepted the loss. That’s just what bad teams do. The Cavs had their chance to end it, but they didn’t take advantage.

The Cavs can start out strong, but then let up. They come out and show effort, but then they fizzle out. In the beginning of the game the Cavs were scoring with ease and playing solid defense. Then they just stop trying. I can’t figure it out. They should’ve had this one wrapped up by halftime.

You know you have problems when you’re yelling at your TV telling the Cavs to hustle like Dion Waiters. Waiters is playing with energy off the bench, and it’s great to see. He has been giving it 100% when he’s in the game as of late. I wish the other 4 guys on the court hustled like him. Wow, I can’t even believe I said that, but it’s true. He’s even making the extra pass! He might be the best thing about this team right now.

The Pistons lived by the 3, and the Cavs died by the 3. The Pistons were 17-31 for 3, and the Cavs were 5-29. Cleveland refused to take it to the basket and settled for too many contested 3 pointers. Detroit does have Drummond and Monroe inside, but c’mon, you have to take it to the basket. Drummond and Monrow aren’t exactly defensive player of the year candidates or anything. The Pistons on the other hand couldn’t miss from deep. You have to give credit to the Pistons, they were on FIRE.

LeBron has to show effort the whole game. If you’re not going to show effort get out of the game, I don’t care who you are. I know he’s playing a ton of minutes, but when you’re in the game you have to show some type of consistent effort and sense of urgency. He needs to spend more time on the bench if he needs rest, but I don’t think thats the problem. He’d be better off showing effort while playing 30 minutes instead of playing 40 minutes and not giving anything. When LeBron doesn’t show effort, no one else does either. James is also doing a woeful job at penetrating the hoop. He can’t be successful just settling for jumpers every possession. His jump shot has improved, but that’s not his game. Take it to the basket!

• It’s only one game. The Cavs have a habit of playing to their opponent strengths. That’s the sign of an immature team, and that’s what the Cavs are right now. They need to give the same effort to the Raptors and the Pistons. Just because a team has 6 wins, it doesn’t mean they can’t beat you. I expect them to rebound from this one and have a good game against Atlanta on Tuesday.

@CST_JacksonF

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