With time running out, Cavs’ focus now shifts to offseason

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters, left, shoots the game-winning shot against Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey, right, to defeat the Pistons 97-96 as the clock ran out during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

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Cleveland Cavaliers (31-47) vs. Detroit Pistons (29-49)

Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland.

TV: 7:30 p.m., FOX Sports Ohio (Cavaliers Live pregame starts at 7 p.m.)

Projected Starters

DETROIT: C Andre Drummond; PF Greg Monroe; SF Kyle Singler; SG Rodney Stuckey; PG Brandon Jennings.

CLEVELAND: C Spencer Hawes; PF Tristan Thompson; SF Luol Deng; SG Dion Waiters; PG Kyrie Irving.



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Pregame Notes:

— Well, I’m not really sure what to write anymore. I know the Cavs have yet to be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but that’s just a matter of time. Surely, the Hawks will win once in their final five games (I predict tonight vs. the Celtics). And that will do it.

— So these final four games for the Cavs can’t end soon enough. They need to get to the offseason, where owner Dan Gilbert can decide what to do next. He has a lot of big decisions, and it all starts with hiring a new full-time general manager. And that is indeed a biggie, because that person is in charge of everything related to the team. The last man, Chris Grant, sold Gilbert on a plan that has so far failed. The owner is likely to be a bit more hands-on this time, and you can’t blame him.

— Of course, the Pistons are about to undergo a few major changes of their own. The Detroit News reported that Joe Dumars is out as their main basketball guy, and if you think the Cavs have been a disappointment, take a look at the Pistons lately. It seems like just yesterday when the Cavs and Pistons were among the top two or three teams in the East every year.

— So with that in mind, I think the Cavs should just keep trying to make Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters work together. Nothing but next season matters right now. Despite all the rumors, I strongly suspect both Irving and Waiters will be back next year. May as well get in some extra practice.

Clearing the air

— I know a lot of fans would like to see more of Sergey Karasev and other young players. But it’s not like Irving, Waiters and Tristan Thompson are grizzled vets. They haven’t won. So why give minutes to guys like Karasev when Irving and the others still have learning to do themselves? At least, that seems to be coach Mike Brown’s theory, and it makes sense.

— Obviously, it will be another busy offseason. Along with hiring a GM (I have my fingers crossed that it’s David Griffin), the Cavs will own another lottery pick in what’s supposed to be a great draft. Then they’ll have to try to be players in what promises to be a fantastic free-agent class. And, oh yeah, there’s that whole Kyrie extension thing.

— Anyway, that’s about it for now. I’ll have plenty more from the game tonight, as well as (hopefully) for the rest of my life. We’ll talk to you a bit later.