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Top rookies take center stage as Pistons visit Cavaliers

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“Some guys just have ‘it.’ Some guys can make the plays in crucial situations. We ran plays for him down the stretch and you feel comfortable doing that.”

Mobley, who was drafted third overall by the Cavaliers, recorded 19 points and seven rebounds in Wednesday’s 97-94 loss to the Washington Wizards.

Second-year forward Isaac Okoro returned after missing seven games with a strained left hamstring and scored two points in 28 minutes. “He’s a very good facilitator. He’s a great playmaker. Like, he can make all the reads in pick-and-roll. So we got to give him the opportunity to play and be a part of the offense and show us how he can impact that end of the floor, too.”

Okoro faces a tough matchup against Detroit forward Jerami Grant, who scored a season-high 35 points in Wednesday’s victory. “His ability to attack the paint, get to the rim, then set up his outside shooting was big for us. Not only did he do that, but he also got some rebounds and kept us going in that way. It was a big night for Jerami. Huge night.”

The Pistons could be without forward Kelly Olynyk, who had 13 points and six rebounds on Wednesday before limping off the court late in the game.

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