Milwaukee Bucks (Scott Skiles) 5-8
Inactive: Andrew Bogut, Chris Douglas Roberts, Michael Redd, Darington Hobson, Carlos Delfino
Cleveland Cavaliers (Byron Scott) 5-8
Game Time: 6:00 PM (CST)
TV: FS Wisconsin
No Jeremy = No Prediction. Otherwise, it’s business as usual. Let’s go.
Brandon Jennings vs. Mo Williams
Jennings is coming off a very 09-10 performance in which he carried the team (25 pts), but struggled from the field (8-24). Mo Williams is shooting his worst since his rookie season (40.8%, 15.8% from three). Should be interesting. I have a feeling that the winner of this matchup will come in with the most swagger. And Jennings is never short of swagger.
John Salmons vs. Anthony Parker
Last year, John Salmons carried the team on his back after Andrew Bogut went down in April. With Bogut officially out tonight, now is Salmons’ perfect opportunity to prove to Milwaukee that he was worth signing. Salmons is shooting a horrific 37% from the field, but somehow Anthony Parker is shooting even worse at just under 36%. If this fish isn’t swimming tonight, we might have to consider flushing it.
Luc Mbah a Moute vs. Joey Graham
Jeremy broke down how disappointing the lack of Moute’s development has been this year. He is still as valuable as he has always been on the defensive end, but is more or less a liability on offense. If someone get’s hot from the floor, I would expect Moute to play when said hot Cav is in. Otherwise, this may be a 30+ minute Maggette game. Joey Graham doesn’t scare me in the least, but for some reason I feel like he will be the Cavs’ James Harden tonight.
Drew Gooden vs. J.J. Hickson
J.J. Hickson was the prized possession that the Cavs refused to give away in any trade last year. Well we all know how that went. After LeBron left for Miami, it’s easy to regret decisions you made or didn’t make. Hickson might be one of those regrets. He has not lived up to the hype (yet) averaging 13.5ppg and 5.8rpg, which isn’t enough to justify losing your franchise (player) for. Drew Gooden has been arguably the Bucks second best player over the last half dozen games. We’ll see if he can continue his hot play without Bogut.
Jon Brockman vs. Anderson Varejao
Larry Sanders should definitely see minutes tonight. Jon Brockman starting at center showcases just how desperate the Bucks are for a backup big. Scott Skiles felt that starting Ilyasova would be a bad idea considering his recent struggles. Beyond moving Gooden to the 5, he doesn’t really have a choice so I can’t blame Skiles. Anderson Varejao is just too big for Brockman to deal with, however.
Ersan Ilysova, Corey Maggette, Keyon Dooling, Larry Sanders and Earl Boykins
Daniel Gibson, Ramon Sessions, Antawn Jamison, Jamario Moon, Christian Eyenga, Manny Harris, Leon Powe, Jawad Williams, Ryan Hollins and Samardo Samuels
Daniel Gibson and Antawn Jamison are leading a better-than-expected bench for Cleveland. The Bucks are really, REALLY, shorthanded tonight. Skiles won’t have the luxury of pulling guys who aren’t playing hard or playing defense. Luckily, Milwaukee has the night off tomorrow to rest after 40+ minute outings.
Skiles rotations can be described as anything except solid, so this should be an interesting science experiment. Tune in at 6.
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