Leading by four at the break, the Cavaliers came out and shot 29 percent from the field during the third quarter.
The team hasn't clicked on or off the court. On the other side of the ball, Love was having arguably his best season for the Cavs. In particular, James was recognized for the announced creation of the I PROMISE School, a new Akron Public School inspired by the LeBron James Family Foundation's I Promise program.
Cavaliers fans should be on edge. Cleveland won the first game between the teams, and they meet only three times total this season - including a March 27 game in Miami, the Cavaliers' only visit to South Florida this season.
Johnson flashed his potential on Tuesday, going head-to-head against the best player in the National Basketball Association for much of the night and helping the Pistons end an eight-game slide.
- The Washington Wizards got a desperately needed win Tuesday night, knocking off the Oklahoma City Thunder at home on the same day my colleague Candace Buckner reported star guard John Wall is going to be out for six to eight weeks due to surgery on his left knee. But this injury is still extremely ill-timed.
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At least on Tuesday, the Pistons' questions were laced with far more optimism than those being posed in Cleveland.
The Cavaliers now sit in the third spot in the Eastern Conference standings at 29-19, only a game up on the Miami Heat and two up on the Washington Wizards. Kevin Love is averaging 17.9 points and 9.4 rebounds in his tenth season in the National Basketball Association. And while the addition of a 5-time All-Star who can dunk with the best of them and drop 20+ points per game is certainly eye-popping, the amount given is also head-scratching. So...
Thomas is right - the Cavaliers have been an very bad defensive team all season. Crowder was averaging 8.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. James has already been taxed with unimaginable responsibilities on his own. So unfortunately for Love, he might miss back to back All-Star games.
So what can the Cavs do?
Yes, Cleveland's actual chances are likely to be viewed more favorably as the team starts winning more often, especially as the playoffs approach.