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- Pistons shooting guard Ben Gordon (strained right groin) will miss the contest after being injured Monday at Washington, but shooting guard Rodney Stuckey (sore left big toe) is active and will start. Gordon was limited to six minutes in Detroit’s 79-77 win over the Wizards, but his loss wasn’t felt as it coincided with Stuckey’s return from a three-game absence — and saw the Eastern Washington product bury the game-winning basket with 0.2 seconds left.
- After contending for a playoff berth throughout the first half of the season, the Cavaliers have lost four straight contests to slip to a season-low 13 games below .500. “It’s just a matter of being consistent in everything you do,” Cleveland shooting guard Anthony Parker said. “It’s easy to do the right thing one time, but it’s difficult to do it every time — and we’re struggling with that.”
- Cavaliers shooting guard Manny Harris and point guard Donald Sloan — both recent signees from the NBA D-League — will see major minutes going forward after shooting guard Daniel Gibson (torn tendon in left ankle) was lost for the rest of the season. Gibson was hurt in New Jersey on March 19, but the extent of his injury was not diagnosed until Tuesday.
- The Pistons’ starting lineup is center Greg Monroe, power forward Jason Maxiell, small forward Tayshaun Prince, point guard Brandon Knight, and Stuckey. Detroit is seeking back-to-back road victories for just the second time this season and is 5-20 away from The Palace of Auburn Hills.
- Cleveland’s first five includes point guard Kyrie Irving, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Antawn Jamison, center Tristan Thompson, and Parker. The Cavaliers are riding a three-game home losing streak and are 9-15 at Quicken Loans Arena.
- Cleveland coach Byron Scott turned 51 years old Wednesday, while Cavaliers power forward Luke Walton celebrated his 32nd birthday. “I guess it’s a pretty good day then,” Scott said, smiling.
- The Cavaliers have won four straight games against the Pistons and are 11-2 in their last 13 meetings.
– Brian Dulik