Please not us not us not us: Pistons try and hand Cleveland Cavaliers their 26th straight loss

Essentials

Teams: Detroit Pistons at Cleveland Cavaliers

Date: Feb. 9, 2011

Time: 7 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Pistons: 19-33

Cavs: 8-44

Probable starters

Pistons:

Cavs:

  • Ramon Sessions
  • Anthony Parker
  • Christian Eyenga
  • Antawn Jamison
  • J.J. Hickson

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Pistons -1.0

Over/under: 199

Score: Pistons win, 100-99

Three things to watch

1. The streak, of course

Everyone knows about the Cavs. They’ve lost a record 25-straight games. They’re terrible. And yet … there is still a lot of fear that they could beat Detroit. They’re at home, after all, and Detroit hasn’t been a good road team. Jamison, Hickson, Sessions and Daniel Gibson have all certainly had success against the Pistons before. And rookie Christian Eyenga has scored in double figures in four straight games. The Cavs are terrible, but they undoubtedly have prideful players who want to end this streak, and I’m sure this home game against a bad team on the second half of a back-to-back has been circled as an opportunity to do that.

2. Manny Harris is not too bad

Harris, a Detroit product and undrafted rookie out of Michigan, has had a pretty solid season for Cleveland, as far as seasons for undrafted rookies go. He’s started 14 games, he scored a career-high 27 points in a game in January and he’s averaging 7 points and 3 boards per game. His 39 percent shooting is certainly not pretty, but it’s nice to see Harris having some success since so many criticized his decision to leave Michigan early.

3. Come on … Dan Gilbert deserves this

Although it would certainly fit the pattern of crushing Pistons losses this season, they just can’t lose to the Cavs. No offense to the Cavs’ players, but admit it … a part of you enjoys that Dan Gilbert is going through this.

Pregame Reading

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