That is what is staring Cleveland and head coach Tyronn Lue in the face, though, and it's unclear how much hope there still is for this year now.
Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, though only landed five for 20.
Kyle Korver led the Cleveland attack with 21 points off the bench and Jordan Clarkson added 18.
So far, the Cavaliers haven't really done anything particularly well, but their opponents have.
James dominated with 28 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds in his 74th career triple-double - the first with his new team.
The Cavaliers struggled again in the third quarter as Drummond and Jackson combined to score 15 straight points for the Pistons.
Blake Griffin, who scored a career-high 50 points in an overtime win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, also supplied 26 points and 10 rebounds. The Pistons were up 12 heading into the fourth. Detroit was able to close out the game after that.
Fans had every reason not to show up to this game, because the players didn't. After being listed as inactive for the first two games, Williams - the 27th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft - has been active for the both of the games that Baynes has missed. Three of the victories were against the Nets, Bulls and Cavaliers.
Cleveland has had a hard time adjusting without LeBron James after the four-time MVP signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Korver was one of four Cleveland backups who scored in double figures. Cleveland fell to 0-and-5 on the season, including 0-and-3 on the road. Griffin and Drummond each tallied 26 points to lead all scorers.
Oklahoma led 50-34 at halftime after Boston had shot just 32 per cent and missed all 11 three-point attempts.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Damian Lillard scored 34 of his 41 points in the second half to help Portland beat Orlando.