We have an NBA Central Division matchup to consider for Saturday when the 1-0 Cleveland Cavaliers meets the 0-1 Detroit Pistons. Cleveland enters this contest fresh off of a 121-114 home victory over the Charlotte Hornets and Detroit suffered a 111-101 road loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Cleveland Beats Charlotte
Cleveland kicked-off its season in fine style with a 121-114 home victory over the Charlotte Hornets. Collin Sexton led the way with 27 points on 9-16 shooting along with five assists. Larry Nance Jr also had a huge night with 13 points, 13 caroms with a team-high eight assists and Andre Drummond chipped in with 14 points and led the Cavs with a team high 14 boards.
Sexton might be the Cavs leading scorer but he had a lot of help as seven players scored in double-digits against Charlotte. The Cavs also recorded 34 assists and shot nearly 53 percent from the field, 46 percent from downtown, and 75 percent from the charity stripe while playing at a below-average tempo.
Kevin Love and Dante Exum are questionable and Kevin Porter is listed as out for this contest.
Pistons Fall to Timberwolves
Detroit didn’t get the start that they had hoped for and fell on the road to the Minnesota Timberwolves by a score of 111-101. Josh Jackson came off of the bench to score a team high 19 points on 8-14 shooting from the field with six rebounds. Blake Griffin finished with 15 points and seven boards and Mason Plumlee scored 14 points with eight caroms for Detroit.
Jackson had the big night but Detroit is hoping that Griffin will become the leader that they had hoped for when they acquired him two seasons ago from the L.A. Clippers. He did play 35 minutes in his first game back from a long injury absence. Detroit shot 48.4 percent from the field, 22 percent from downtown, and 37 percent from the free-throw line while playing at a below-average tempo.