After ‘bad loss,’ Cavaliers aim to hang 17th straight defeat on Pistons

When a team sets a franchise record for most consecutive losses in a single season, any signs of hope are welcome.The Detroit Pistons took some positives from their 16th straight defeat — leaving them winless in November — at New York on Thursday. They will try to avoid extending the streak when they host Cleveland on Saturday.After getting blown out by Indiana, Washington and the Los Angeles Lakers, the Pistons gave the Knicks a tussle before succumbing, 118-112.”I saw the fight and resiliency that we can build on,” coach Monty Williams said. “That’s a game that we can build on. Cade (Cunningham) said it when they came into the locker room, we got our swag back.”Cunningham had 31 points and eight assists but also tied his season high with seven turnovers. As usual, the Pistons were playing catch-up most of the way. Their biggest lead was two points.”The fight we showed off a back-to-back … I’m not into moral victories,” Williams said. “I don’t know where that came from. Doesn’t make sense. But that game, that output, that energy, production from our group is something that I’m proud of.”That’s the kind of competitive edge that we have to play with every single night.”Williams shook up the lineup, inserting forward Isaiah Livers and guard Killian Hayes. The team’s high lottery picks in 2022 and 2023 — Jaden Ivey and Ausar Thompson — saw their playing time reduced to 13 minutes apiece.”When you lose this many games, you’ve got to make changes,” Williams said. “We’re not going to leave any stone unturned. We’ve got to look at every lineup possible to give ourselves a chance to win games and grow as a team.”The Cavaliers have won the past six meetings between the Central Division clubs.

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