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Cavs ready for takeoff after Detroit drubbing

CLEVELAND — Channing Frye scored zero points in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 104-81 win on Friday over the Detroit Pistons. It was unlike him, as he has had six games in double digits so far through the Cavs’ 10-2 start. He even had back-to-back games of hitting the 20-point plateau against two of the better teams in the Eastern Conference, the Charlotte Hornets and Toronto Raptors.

Yet he had a big hand, or rather a voice, in what was Cleveland’s most complete effort of the season on Friday.

“Channing asked for it before the game,” LeBron James said after the Cavs’ victory. “He looked at me before the game and said we need to get a big win so we can get some rest. It’s a great point in the schedule for us right now; we don’t play ’til Wednesday. Channing asked for it, and we were able to execute our game plan. The coaching staff gave us a great one, and offensively and defensively, this is the best we’ve played all year as far as close to 48 minutes.”

A quirk in the schedule now gives Cleveland four straight days without a game. Coming off Wednesday’s loss against the Pacers in Indianapolis, anything less than a strong performance against the Pistons would have sat with them for half a week before they could do anything about it.

So the defending champs went out and proceeded to beat the pants off the Pistons. By just about any statistical measurement, the Cavs played sublime basketball. That is, after spotting Detroit a 6-0 lead and causing coach Ty Lue to call a quick timeout just 1 minute, 37 seconds into the game.

His message?

“Beep, beep, beep, beep,” Lue said. “Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, let’s play.”

The fact that Lue said “beep” instead of the commonly used swearword replacement of “bleep” was about the only thing that went wrong for the Cavs following that 6-0 start.

A quirk in the schedule now gives Cleveland four straight days without a game. Coming off Wednesday’s loss against the Pacers in Indianapolis, anything less than a strong performance against the Pistons would have sat with them for half a week before they could do anything about it.

 

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