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Darius Garland, Cavaliers plan to pounce on Pistons

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“Long way to go. But yeah, that was a big win for us. Think we put the whole league on notice after that win. We play with confidence. We play really hard. It shows that we’re not any slouch. You can’t just come to Cleveland and roll over us. Got to come in and compete at a high level just like you do with any other team – Brooklyn, Milwaukee, Lakers.”

The Cavaliers are continuing to pile up victories despite losing guards Collin Sexton and Ricky Rubio to season-ending injuries.

Coach J.B. Bickerstaff had the luxury of playing Garland just 26 minutes due to Cleveland’s comfortable lead. He dished out 11 or more assists in the previous five games. “Surprised a lot of people, so wherever we want to get to, that’s the ceiling.”

The Pistons are a long way removed from being a really good team, though they’re hoping to reach Cleveland’s level in the next season or two with their young core. Cunningham had 34 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, four blocks and two steals against Denver on Tuesday.

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