The Cleveland Cavaliers are on a 3 game winning streak. The Detroit Pistons are on a 3 game winning streak. The Cavs have beaten the Grizzlies, Wizards and Kings. While the Pistons have beat the Spurs, Nuggets and Nets. The Cavs are powered by their guard heavy attack of Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters the Pistons are led by point guard Brandon Jennings and the big rotation of Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. Here are 3 things we are watching for:
Will the Ball Movement Continue
During the Cavs winning the streak the team has moved the ball around, focused on working together and have stopped pounding the ball into the ground. When the ball, and players move, the rest of the team plays harder and the defensive intensity picks up. Will the team continue this progress against the Pistons, a team that can struggle against the pick and roll? What happens if they get behind, will they try to play hero ball?
Anthony Bennett: King of Canada
Bennett has quickly turned from the “He should be in the D-League” to “He is starting to look like the #1 overall pick.” Bennett seems to of smoothed out his jump shot. His movement on offense has a purpose instead of just wandering around the court. His spin move has quickened and thrown bigger players off guard. Defensively he still struggles but athletically he is getting himself into position now its about figuring out rotations.
Dealing with the Big Guys
The Pistons run out a front line of Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. The Cavaliers will have to deal with their size but also are able to clog the paint. Anderson Varejao’s availability will be huge in this battle. Tyler Zeller gets bullied inside by stronger players and Drummond and Monroe fit into this category. They also cause problems for guards driving to the hole which Irving and Waiters will have to figure out how to navigate the lane.
What are you looking for in tonight’s game? Do you think the Pistons will cause problems for the Cavs, especially their big guys? What expectation do you have for Bennett?