Cavs' Thompson to miss several games with sprained ankle

LeBron James Larry Nance Jr. pairing has had great results for Cavs

LeBron James Larry Nance Jr. pairing has had great results for Cavs

Larry Nance Jr. was the man of the hour last night for the Cleveland Cavaliers, as he had a career-night in his first start for the Cavs, guiding his team to a good win against the Detroit Pistons. Andre Drummond scored 15 but didnt reach double-digit rebounds for the first time in 19 games.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have gone through a lot over the last couple of decades, being one of the league's laughingstocks before landing LeBron James, just to take another major downfall upon his departure, all the way to 3 consecutive Championship runs since his homecoming.

The Detroit Pistons are in Cleveland tonight to clash with the Cavaliers.

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue also made another lineup switch, inserting shooting guard Rodney Hood in place of Cedi Osman.

Our models project Osman for 12.6 FanDuel points in 21.1 minutes against Detroit.

Apart from Nance, seldom-used biggie Ante Zizic is also in line for more playing time.

LBJ leads the way with 31 points in the Wine & Gold victor.

Smith's had a challenging season on the floor - his 8.3 point average is his lowest since 2005 and he's making only 39 percent his shots - and his blowup at Jones could be the result of pent-up frustration.

Nance's stat line in his first start with Cleveland also bested his father's 17 points and 11 rebounds in his first start for the Cavs on February 29, 1988.

Thompson suffered the injury when he stepped on the heel of a Nuggets player during the first half of Saturday's contest.

Rudy Gobert had another double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Jazz.

At some point the Cavaliers defense has to get better, right?

It was only one game, but Clevelands latest look was encouraging.

Blake Griffin led Detroit with 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists, but the Pistons dropped their third straight and have now lost nine of their last 11. The team needs work on offensive rebounds per game (#27), blocks per game (#27) and steals per game (#25). "He could do all he wanted defensively, I just didn't want him getting anything offensively". He has played all 82 games for 4 straight seasons from 2012-2016 and at one point had played 447 consecutive games before a thumb injury broke his streak and kept him out for a few games past year. They head to Tinseltown for a pair over the weekend - squaring off with the Clippers on Friday night and the Lakers on Sunday evening.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Donovan Mitchell scored eight of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and the Utah Jazz beat the Sacramento Kings 98-91 on Saturday night.

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