Recap: Cavs 105, Pistons 89 (Or, .500! Sweet .500!)

December 28th, 2011 by John Krolik

Overview: The Cavs got their first double-digit win of the season against the Detroit Pistons, with Tristan Thompson and Kyrie Irving both having solid games for the Cavaliers. Samardo Samuels led the Cavs with 17 points on only eight shots, and Pistons rookie Brandon Knight had 23 points on 10-13 shooting from the field.

Cavs-Related Bullets:

– Boy, it’s good to see Andy back in action, isn’t it? Seeing him crash the offensive boards, make cuts to the rim, get out to the perimeter on pick-and-rolls, and flip in those little reverse layups is a beautiful thing.

– Kyrie was able to score the ball better in this game than he was in his disastrous debut, but I’ve been way more impressed by his playmaking ability than I thought he would be. He seems to always know what the right pass in a given situation is, even if it doesn’t immediately lead to a wide-open three or dunk, and he knows when to mix in a home-run pass attempt as well. He hasn’t been setting the world on fire with his scoring so far, but it looks like he really knows how to play the point guard position.

– Okay, I’m becoming a total Tristan Thompson convert. Complete 180 here. He has a nose for the ball, he’s bouncy as all hell, and he can actually finish in traffic around the basket. And how about that righty hook? Then there’s the game-high +18 for TT — when he’s on the floor, good things seem to happen.

– SAMARDOWNED. I did not recognize that guy. Post moves, 20-foot jumpers, thundering dunks, brutal moves to the rim — a true breakout game. We’ll see if he can keep this up.

– Jamison had a nice game from the field. Maybe someone will want to trade for him now. We can only hope.

– Razor Ramon has added the three-ball, but still seems fairly enamored with low-percentage floaters from a step or two inside the free-throw line. It’s always an adventure with him.

– I have no opinion on Casspi yet — give me another couple of games.

– Alonzo Gee’s box scores have looked nice, but his shot selection makes me yell at things. I don’t really know how this will end, but it does seem like the Eyenga experiment is on hold for the time being, which I support because Christian was terrible when he got minutes.

28 assists on 40 field goals! 1st double-digit win of the year! (Last year, the Cavs didn’t win a game by double-digits until the Heat came to the Q for the second time.) I could get used to this — good things seem to be happening. It won’t happen overnight for this team, but the Cavs showed some positive signs tonight.