Milwaukee Bucks Game Preview: Ohio Showdown

Nov 3, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) defends Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings (3) during the game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Bucks defeated the Cavaliers 105-102. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrie Irving made the All-Star team. Brandon Jennings did not. In their first games since the announcement, they face each other in Cleveland. Woo boy.

Given that both players have a flair for the dramatic, this pairing should make for a good show.  Enjoy this one. Not many Bucks/Cavs games in recent years have had such an obvious storyline of interest.

Center Anderson Varejao had played well against the Bucks (and seemingly everyone else in the NBA) this season, but he is out for the season with an odd split of his quadriceps muscle and a clot in his right lung that was spotted after the subsequent surgery.

Projected Lineups:

Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters/CJ Miles, Alonzo Gee, Tristan Thompson, Tyler Zeller
Bucks: Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis, Marquis Daniels, Luc Mbah a Moute, Larry Sanders

Injury Status:

C.J. Miles missed the Cavs’ game Tuesday with an illness, but will likely play tonight.

Anderson Varejao is out for the season.

Doron Lamb is questionable with a sprained ankle and Marquis Daniels is probable with an illness.

The numbers 

(Provided by Basketball-Reference.com)

Offense Four Factors Defense Four Factors
Rk Team SRS ORtg DRtg Pace eFG% TOV% ORB% FT/FGA eFG% TOV% DRB% FT/FGA
16 Milwaukee Bucks -1.14 102.5 103.3 94.1 .470 13.2 28.0 .189 .477 14.7 70.9 .214
27 Cleveland Cavaliers -5.79 103.0 108.7 91.9 .463 13.5 29.4 .197 .518 14.9 71.7 .239
League Average 0.00 105.3 105.3 91.7 .491 13.7 26.9 .205 .491 13.7 73.1 .205

Decent advantages for the Bucks across the board. If Milwaukee can keep the Cavaliers off the offensive glass — an easier feat with Varejao out — then the Bucks should win this game.**

**Barring a complete, emo Brandon Jennings breakdown.

A few tweets

Ashley Judd was in Washington DC for the presidential inauguration earlier in the week.

The best revenge is living well with champagne?

Bucks haven’t made it big-time yet this year, but baby steps…

Topics: Brandon Jennings, Cleveland Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving, Milwaukee Bucks

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