The Cavaliers bounced back from the opening night loss at home to the Raptors in a big way. They crushed the Detroit Pistons 105-89 in Detroit. It was as if a totally different team showed up.
This team was aggressive on both ends of the floor. They played hard on the defensive side of the ball and took smart shots and attacked the basket on the offense end. Kyrie Irving had a much better game and unlike in the opener, he seemed comfortable in the Cavs offense. He finished the game with 14 points and seven assists. Tristan Thompson also had a good night with 10 points, four rebounds, and a strong presence around the boards.
But it was truly a team effort, and everyone who got on the floor contributed. The bench was especially impressive. Ramon Session had yet another brilliant game. He finished with 16 points and six assists. Daniel Gibson also had an outstanding game. Not only did he finish with eight points and three assists, but he also played hard on the defensive side of the ball. He ended up pulling down six rebounds, including five on the defensive end. And what else can be said about Samardo Samuels? The man was a force when on the floor. He put up 17 points and pulled down four rebounds. He took charges and like so many of the Cavaliers did, was physical on both ends of the floor.
The physicality cannot be ignored or talked about enough. It really was the difference between tonight and opening night. The Cavs attacked the Pistons and overpowered them. The Cavs will need this kind of attitude going forward if they expect to win games. Tonight was a great step in the right direction. Let’s hope the Cavs continue to buy into this aggressive style of play, because it will really take them far.