CLEVELAND These are the types of games a rebuilding team isn't supposed to win.
OK, so the Cleveland Cavaliers don't like to use the word "rebuilding" very much. I get that. But at the very least, they're repurposing kind of like taking what was once a vacant building and decorating it with some fancy lights.
And it was lights out for the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena, as the Cavs overcame a 17-point deficit in the third quarter to escape with a 101-100 win.
Make that two wins by one point in as many home games, as well as two straight in which Cleveland was mostly saved by 19-year-old rookie Kyrie Irving.
That would be the same Irving who initially looked about as effective as someone wearing cinder blocks for shoes through the first three quarters.
Irving moved slowly. He left his feet and passed the ball to no one in particular. He bent over and clutched his shorts, seemingly wondering if Pistons rookie Brandon Knight ever was gonna stop playing without...