Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 12/28/11
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- You can talk all you want about the Detroit Pistons not exactly being a quality team. And right now, theyre not. You can question why Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving played less than half the game. But thats entirely beside the point. You can even wonder if you really want the Cavs to be any good, and then miss out on another top five pick in what is expected to be a loaded NBA draft. (The answer is yes, you do -- but more on that later.) But if youre a Cavs fan, what you should do, more than anything, is celebrate their 105-89 hammer job of the Pistons. You should just enjoy it, and leave it at that. This was just the Cavs second game of the year. They didnt look this good on the road at anytime during last season -- and not very often the year before that when You Know Who was still on the team. In fact, the Cavs hadnt won a regular-season road game by at least 16 points since defeating New Jersey 111-92 on March 3, 2010. Basically, its been a long time since a Cavs team sat in the always-cramped visitors' locker room and yukked it up following a game. But that was precisely the scene Wednesday, when Irving and fellow rookie Tristan Thompson shared a few laughs as they got dressed for the soon-to-be departing team flight. Irving complimented Thompsons shot-blocking ways, telling the 6-foot-9 power forward that opponents probably didn't realize you could jump that high then, wham. Of course, Irving had to throw in the fact Thompson has never blocked one of my shots, though. Thompson then smiled widely, and promised Irvings time would come soon in practice. As for the game, it appears that Irvings time may have already arrived. He scored 12 points and passed for five assists in the first half, lifting the Cavs to a surprising 50-39 advantage. Surprising only because Cavs fans probably forgot what this felt like after last year. Irving was much more confident, much more relaxed in finishing with 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting, and seven assists. It was a far cry from Mondays opener, when fans panicked after watching Irving struggle to a 2-for-12 performance. It was definitely a different feel tonight, Irving said. Last game, I dont think I was really enjoying the game. I love the game so much, and in the first game I was so serious. Tonight, it was just about having fun. And what fun it was, as the Cavs displayed the balance, defense and discipline coach Byron Scott has wanted all along. Everyone got in on it -- from rookies Irving and Thompson, to second-year big man Samardo Samuels, to veteran forward Antawn Jamison. Thompson went 5-for-8 for 10 points, and has now made nine of his 12 attempts over two games. Not bad for a kid who wasnt really supposed to be able to shoot. Meanwhile, Samuels was fantastic after sitting out the first game and probably hearing his coach question his conditioning. But the wide-bodied reserve sure looked OK on Wednesday, scoring a team-high 17 points via his usual dose of utter determination. Jamison added to all this by scoring a very underrated 15 points. Against Toronto, he made just six of 20 field-goal attempts. But against the Pistons, he went 6-for-9. Finally, yes, Ramon Sessions again resembled a true leader (and pro) in backing up Irving. Sessions scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and passed for six assists. He also closed out the game, giving Scott plenty of reason to rest Irving for the final 17 minutes. Its just one game, and Cavs fans would be wise not to think too far ahead. Just as they shouldnt have gotten too depressed after the season-opening loss. But the Cavs and their fans neednt concern themselves with another high draft pick. After all, the idea was to strike gold with Irving (No. 1 overall) and Thompson (No. 4) last summer. And if Irving and Thompson and Samuels and the rest keep playing like this, youve found your future. You can build around them and others like them. Still, thats neither here nor there. Your focus should be on what the Cavs did Wednesday night. And all you need to do right now is just soak it up, man. Follow Sam Amico on Twitter @SamAmicoFSO
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