Note: This will not be a thorough preview. It’s Sunday. I’m lazy.
Cleveland Cavaliers (Mike Brown) 14-5
(Likely) Inactives: Leon Powe, Coby Karl and Jawad Williams
Milwaukee Bucks (Scott Skiles) 9-9
(Likely) Inactives: Joe Alexander and Michael Redd
Game time: 2:00 (CST)
Television: FS Wisconsin
Brandon Jennings vs. Mo Williams
Eventually Jennings will surpass 33 percent shooting in a game. Could happen any day now. I’m not super worried about it. Development year. Mo Williams does a great job of watching Lebron do work and waiting for kick out passes so he can shoot three’s. He did such a good job of it last year that he made the all-star team despite having no ALL as apart of his game. He does fit Cleveland very well though.
Charlie Bell vs. Anthony Parker
A friend of mine once hit eight three’s in a game with Anthony Parker against me in NBA 2K9. I disputed the reality of that … until Parker actually did it a week later. He’s not bad at all for this team. A good passer, shooter and active defender. Plus he has good size. A lot to like about Anthony Parker in a super-supporting role.
Carlos Delfino vs. Lebron James
Ersan Ilyasova vs. J.J. Hickson
Hickson is the guy I’d love to be apart of any Mike Redd to Cleveland deal. I think that’s a pipe dream at this point though. His rebounding still isn’t great but he’s looking a lot better in his second year than he did in his first. He’s big, strong and athletic, so he’s the exact power forward the Bucks have always wanted. Ilyasova has been dealing with foul problems the last few games and the huge Cavs frontline could put him back in foul trouble today.
Andrew Bogut vs. Shaquille O’Neal
Bogut struggled against Brendan Haywood and Ben Wallace. How do I think he’ll do against Shaq? The words not and good come to mind.
Luke Ridnour, Hakim Warrick, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Kurt Thomas
Zyndrunas Ilgauskas, Daniel Gibson, Anderson Varejao, Delonte West and Jamario Moon
The Cavs second lineup would win more games than the Nets starting lineup. Sigh. Usually the Bucks bench is able to scrap the Bucks back into the game, typically because Luke Ridnour has been off the charts good this year, but that seems unlikely today.
Prediction: Cavs 104 – Bucks 90
The Cavs are very very talented. I’m not sure if Shaq gets them an NBA title or hurts their chances, but either way it doesn’t matter until the playoffs. To me it seems like he clogs the middle and makes it more difficult for Lebron, but when things break down in the playoffs it should be nice to have him. Regardless they’ll likely destroy the Bucks. Lebron said if Jennings wants to go for 40 he’ll join him. That would at least make this game entertaining.
The Bucks do play better at home and they have marketed this tailgate thing pretty hard over the past week or so, so I’d expect a loud crowd. Crazier things have happened, but a Bucks win here after playing so poorly in their last two games seems exceptionally unlikely. It’d be something though.