The Cavs took the plan of fouling Andre Drummond a little too far Wednesday and it cost them in a 111-104 loss to the Detroit Pistons. The Cavs were swept by the Pistons in the season series and have dropped their last six in the series. The Cavs sent Drummond, a 34-percent free-throw shooter, to the line seven times during a four-minute stretch late in the fourth quarter. But when Kyrie Irving missed a 3-pointer with the Cavs down 105-103 and 20 seconds left, Tristan Thompson grabbed Drummond again after Drummond corralled the rebound and passed the ball away. The NBA has an “Away From Play” foul for precisely these moments, which prevents teams from fouling terrible free-throw shooters who aren’t part of the active play during the game’s final two minutes. The Pistons were awarded free throws (which Rodney Stuckey took) and possession, sealing the Cavs’ second loss in as many nights.
Thompson's untimely foul leads to 111-104 loss to Pistons
Akron Beacon Journal | Apr 10