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A team with a season virtually as bad as Milwaukee’s comes to town: Bucks vs. Cavaliers Preview

| April 11, 2014

Category: Game Previews

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(Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

What to Watch For: Bucks

Oh my goodness, this weather, right? It’s 64 degrees outside right now in Milwaukee. And it’s supposed to be 55 or better throughout the evening. What a night! What a city! We’ve had to wait out quite a winter, but it seems like we’ve finally made it, friends.

As cliched as it sounds, I think this past winter has made me really appreciate a 64 degree day all the more. I sat on a patio at lunch today and absorbed all of the suns mighty rays. I forgot how science works, so I kind of hoped that by the end of lunch I would have mutated into a 6-foot-10, 220 pound power forward with the vision and ball handling of a very sloppy point guard, ready to ride the end of the bench in Milwaukee by next Wednesday. So long as the team was still dishing out those 10-day contracts, I was ready to grab one.

Alas, I’m still a regular sized fella. I remain a poor point guard though, so I got that going for me.

Oh. The Bucks. Same stuff as usual.

What to Watch For: Cavaliers

The Cavs made a surprising little run, winning six straight in mid-February that had them dreaming about a playoff birth. But multiple losing streaks of four straight dashed those hopes. So the Cavs won’t be in the playoffs. Again. They do still have some players of general interest though, with Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters and Luol Deng. So they have some talent and are a threat to win virtually any game, just not to win most of their games.

The Bucks are rarely a threat to win any games though, so logic dictates that the Cavs will be able to win once again in Milwaukee Friday night in a game very few people will care about, players probably included. I can’t believe games still happen. Can’t all bad teams just take losses the rest of the way and can’t the lottery be moved up to tomorrow so we can all start thinking more about next season?

Logistics

Time – 7:30 CDT

TV – FS Wisconsin Alternate

Radio – 1250 WSSP

Injury Report

Bucks: Nate Wolters (fractured hand; out), Larry Sanders (eye; out), Carlos Delfino (right foot surgery; out), O.J. Mayo (unclear; questionable), Ersan Ilyasova (ankle, out), Ekpe Udoh (knees; questionable) Miroslav Raduljica (ankle; questionable).

Cavs: Anthony Bennett (knee; out), C.J. Miles (ankle; out), Carrick Felix (who is this guy?; out), Sergey Karasev (knee; out)

Projected Lineups

Bucks: 

PG Ramon Sessions

SG Brandon Knight

SF Khris Middleton

PF Jeff Adrien

Zaza Pachulia

Cavaliers: 

PG Kyrie Irving

SG Dion Waiters

SF Luol Deng

PF Tristan Thompson

Spencer Hawes

Choose the Form of the Destroyer: Kyrie Irving

Guy is good.

There are teams against which Kyrie Irving has played better this season, but he’s definitely killed the Bucks in three previous meetings. He’s averaging 26 points and eight assists, on 49.1% shooting from the field and 43.8% shooting from deep. It will be a busy night for Brandon Knight and the Bucks bigs attempting to stop Irving from getting all the baskets.

Prediction: Cavaliers 105 – Bucks 100

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Jeremy Schmidt writes the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball. He founded it in January of 2009 because he hated his job. It’s like basketball, but with Bucks instead of basket. I know ... I’m sorry. He might come off as a bit negative, but I'm really not so bad. He just wants the Bucks to succeed, so he points out areas where they are coming up short. Someone has got to do it and he's ornery and opinionated enough to take on that task. He isn't sure if this should be in third person or not. Contact him at Jeremy@Bucksketball.com if you must use e-mail.

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