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- Jose Calderson, acquired by the Pistons on Wednesday in a three-team trade, will not play. He is still working out visa issues. When he is eligible, he will start at point guard with Brandon Knight shifting to shooting guard.
- The Pistons are tied for 22nd in turnovers and coach Lawrence Frank expects Calderon to improve that stat. “We’ve been a high turnover team,” he said. “You see Calderon’s assist-to-turnover ratio, compared to what ours is as a group. We’ll do some things fundamentally a little bit different, just because you have a guy who has proven he can deliver the ball when it needs to be delivered.”
- The Pistons are 2-0 against the Cavs this season but Kyrie Irving missed both with injuries. “You can almost throw out those games,” Frank said. “Irving’s a game-changer. They’re a much different team.”
- Cleveland will be without two key reserves, forward Luke Walton (personal reasons) and guard Daniel Gibson (sprained toe).
– Dana Gauruder