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- Cavaliers rookie power forward Anthony Bennett — the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft — returns after missing two games with flu-like symptoms. The Nevada-Las Vegas product has played in 20 games off the bench, averaging 2.2 points in 10.0 minutes while shooting .277 from the field. “I don’t know how many minutes he’ll get, but we’ll slide Anthony back into his role in the rotation,” Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. “He’s feeling better, though, so it’s good for us to have him available.”
- Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters (right wrist tendinitis) continues to wear a protective brace and is out for the third straight contest. Waiters said he “hopes to be back soon,” but there is no timetable for his return. The second-year pro is Cleveland’s sixth man — and its second-leading scorer at 14.9 points per game. Undrafted rookie shooting guard Matthew Dellavedova will continue to add minutes in Waiters’ absence. “We’re going to continue to use Delly more,” Brown said.
- The Pistons’ lineup is point guard Brandon Jennings, rookie shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, small forward Josh Smith, power forward Greg Monroe, and center Andre Drummond. Detroit is 7-6 on the road, making it one of eight NBA teams with a better record away from home. “I don’t have any theories why that is,” Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks said. “I just don’t know.”
- The Cavaliers’ starters are All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, shooting guard C.J. Miles, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Andrew Bynum. Cleveland has won five of its last six home games and is 8-4 overall at Quicken Loans Arena. Brown said Gee and rookie small forward Sergey Karasev also could log limited time at shooting guard.
- Detroit shooting guard Rodney Stuckey (right shoulder soreness) is in uniform, while rookie point guard Peyton Siva and rookie power forward Tony Mitchell are inactive. Center Henry Sims and Waiters are inactive for the Cavaliers.
– Brian Dulik