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Pistons High / Low: James’ triple double leads Cavs past Pistons

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Film don’t lie.

NBA: Detroit Pistons at Cleveland Cavaliers Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Another national TV game produced another blow out as the Cleveland Cavaliers hit 23 of their first 26 shots on the way to an easy 128-96 win. Kyrie Irving led the way with 26 points and LeBron James notched a triple double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists.

To the tape!

High

It’s slim pickings to muster up a High or two but we’ll give it a try.

Even as a not-so-in-the-closet LeBron James fan, the above Marcus Morris tackle is perfectly acceptable. It’s a good play and really, the only play Morris could make.

What not to do:

If you commit to fouling James, you can’t let him get a shot off.

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Strong take by Mook, no settling for the jump shot.

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It was a game to forget for Stanley Johnson but this was a nice dump off:

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Not a horrible job of defending James by Aron Baynes:

In this game, it qualifies as a highlight.

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Low

Ish Smith got abused on the defensive end:

First, somehow he manages to go over and under the same screen.

Second, a lack of communication with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Third, Irving uses the back door.

Fourth, bites on the pump fake.

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Iman Shumpert found little resistance in the Pistons PNR defense:

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Ugly turnovers:

Stanley’s pass is a candidate for Mophattin’ a Fool.

Ish Smith and Tobais Harris built a nice chemistry and have connected on the drop pass before but Reggie Jackson and Harris fail to do the same.

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It’s good to force the turnover but KCP must finish and collect the “and one”.

Those are easy points and J.R. Smith’s wrist slap shouldn’t stop it from happening.

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All the night the Pistons had trouble navigating through screens:

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Larry Sanders - who hasn’t played meaningful basketball in years - even got some run.

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Doesn’t get any easier as Utah pays a trip to the Palace for a tough back-to-back.