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Cleveland Cavaliers' John Beilein in unfamiliar territory after 127-94 loss to Detroit Pistons

After a rapid -- and better than expected -- start to his NBA career, Beilein’s Cavs are fading quickly, plummeting to the depths of the Eastern Conference.

On offense, the ball stuck, shots were forced and the team-oriented style that put a scare into the Milwaukee Bucks Friday night was nonexistent.

Even on a night backup center John Henson returned from a 17-game absence because of a hamstring injury, Detroit’s size overwhelmed the smaller Cavaliers -- a constant during this rough stretch.

Beilein was eager to see how his team would respond after what he called two energetic, positive practices that felt a little like training camp on Sunday and Monday.

It was the first real break in a relentless schedule that allowed the Cavs to work on the basics -- play-calling, positioning, defense, passing, pivoting.

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