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Cavaliers-Bucks Preview: The Final Four

Who’s playing?

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Where are they playing?

The BMO Harris Bradley Center. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

When are they playing?

Friday, April 11. 7:30 PM CT.

What’s at stake?

Literally nothing at all.

Did Cleveland win its last game?

The Cavs knocked off Detroit 122-100 on Wednesday behind 22 points from Dion Waiters.

Did Milwaukee win its last game?

The Bucks fell to the Pacers 104-102 on Wednesday.

Who’s their best player?

A guy who disguises himself as an elderly man for fun.

Who’s hot for the Bucks?

As always, it’d be a stretch to call anyone involved with the Milwaukee Bucks organization “hot,” though a number of players turned in solid performances in Wednesday’s loss. The backcourt duo of Ramon Sessions and Brandon Knight combined for 45 points, 14 assists and six rebounds, while Jeff Adrien went for 13 points and 17 boards. Just sizzling.

What’s the injury situation?

Milwaukee: Larry Sanders (face), Carlos Delfino (leg), Nate Wolters (hand) and Ersan Ilyasova (ankle) are out for the season. Ekpe Udoh (coach’s decision), O.J. Mayo (ankle) and Miroslav Raduljica (ankle)

Toronto: Amir Johnson (ankle) is questionable.

What happened in previous meetings?

Cleveland leads the season series 2-1, winning each of the last two meetings.

Nov. 6: Bucks won 109-104

Dec. 20: Cavs won 114-111 (OT)

Jan. 24: Cavs won 93-78

Projected starters


C – Spencer Hawes

PF – Tristan Thompson

SF – Luol Deng

SG – Dion Waiters

PG – Kyrie Irving


C – Zaza Pachulia

PF – Jeff Adrien

SF – Khris Middleton

SG – Ramon Sessions

PG – Brandon Knight

Team rankings


Scoring: 22nd (97.8)

Scoring defense: 15th (101.4)

Rebounding: 11th (44.0)

Assists: 21st (21.1)


Scoring: 28th (95.1)

Scoring defense: 25th (103.3)

Rebounding: 23rd (41.2)

Assists: 16th (21.5)


Points: Knight (17.7), Irving (21.1)

Assists: Knight (4.9), Irving (6.2)

Rebounds: Henson (7.2), Varejao (9.8)

Blocks: Henson (1.7), Varejao (0.6)

PER: Adrien (19.9), Irving (20.4)

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