Before he finished a lengthy opening comment after the Cavaliers 96-84 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night Cavaliers coach Mike Brown paid tribute to starting center Anderson Varejao and backup Henry Sims who finished with 11 and 10 rebounds in 24 and 20 minutes respectively.

"For those two bigs to have [double figures] in that amount of time rebounding the basketball is terrific'' Brown said.

Their work helped the Cavs to a 48-37 edge on the boards over a big Detroit team that included starters Josh Smith (6-9) Greg Monroe (6-11) and Andrew Drummond (6-10). Saturday night at The Q the Cavs will face another big team in the Indiana Pacers who have the potential to start Paul George (6-9) David West (6-9) and Roy Hibbert (7-2).

Rebounding is going to be a big key in the Central Division race this season and Brown thinks the Cavs can be strong in that area. Remember Varejao was leading the league with 14.4 rebounds a game when he got hurt last season and the last season Andrew Bynum played -- 2011-12 in Los Angeles -- he averaged 11.8 game. The coach thinks young players like Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller can be factors on the boards too.

"I think we have a chance to be a very good rebounding team'' Brown said after practice on Friday at the Cleveland Clinic Courts. "Tristan has done a solid job of rebounding the basketball but just watching Tristan and how quick he gets off the ground and how long he is he can be a big big time rebounder. He can rebound even better than he has now and he's done a decent job of it so far.