Neither the Detroit Pistons or the Cleveland Cavaliers have played a game since Wednesday. However, the Cavaliers head to Detroit on Monday as they take on the Pistons at Little Ceasars Arena.
The Pistons used the five-day mini vacation as a way to prepare for the upcoming schedule as they play 13 games in the next 24 days. Nonetheless, the Cavaliers won’t get more than a day of rest until Christmas.
The Pistons erased a 19-point deficit against the Toronto Raptors and won 106-104 thanks to a buzzer-beater by Reggie Bullock. The win was more than satisfying for Pistons head coach Dwane Casey, who was fired by the Toronto Raptors despite winning coach of the year.
Casey hopes the Pistons play with the same level of determination throughout the entirety of the season much as they did against Toronto.
Detroit currently ranks last in offensive field goal percentage (42.8) and 3-point percentage (31.3). The defense currently ranks 20th in defensive field goal percentage (46.5).
Following a terrifying month for the Cavaliers, who not only changed coaches but they also lost Kevin Love. The Cavaliers are currently building around young players including point guard Collin Sexton. Sexton has quietly progressed early this season and has shown signs of a bright future in Cleveland.
Sexton has averaged 18.0 points in four games since taking over for injured George Hill, who is battling a shoulder injury. With continued success in the starting lineup, Sexton could see himself gain respectful minutes even with Hill back in the lineup.
The Pistons won the latest matchup on October 25, 110-103 behind a 26 point and 22 rebound performance from center Andre Drummond.