Game Preview: Cavaliers vs. Pistons

Sam Amico

TIPOFF -- 7:30 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena.

BROADCAST -- FOX Sports Ohio (pregame show at 7); Cavs Radio Network.

RECORDS -- Cavs are 9-2; Detroit is 6-6.

COACHES – Pistons' Stan Van Gundy has a 453-302 regular-season record; Cavs' Tyronn Lue has a 36-16 mark.

NOTEBOOK -- It's a rematch of the Eastern Conference first round. … The Cavaliers swept. They look better this year. The Pistons look the same. … In fairness, the Pistons have been without top guard Reggie Jackson (knee/thumb), who's still a few weeks away. … LeBron James is expected to play after sitting out Wednesday's loss at Indiana to rest. … Cavs shooting guard J.R. Smith (ankle) is listed as questionable. … Stan Van Gundy ripped America after Donald Trump won the presidential election. NBA commissioner Adam Silver said on NBA radio he hopes the coaches' political comments don't alienate fans. … Pistons center Andre Drummond typically has his way with Tristan Thompson. Last season, Ty Lue occasionally tricked Drummond into defending Kevin Love. ... That created major issues for Drummond. He doesn't like the perimeter. ... The Cavs are 6-1 and averaging a scorching 115 points at home.

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