All-Star Kyrie Irving and the Cavs face their Central Division foe for final time this season.
By SAM AMICO FS Ohio
Kyrie Irving takes the court with for the first time with a new title. The reigning NBA Rookie of the Year is now an NBA All-Star, as Irving was selected to the team by Eastern Conference coaches. More importantly is the fact the
Cavs seem to be maturing and coming together. They’re 6-9 since Dec. 22, which is far from great, but considerably better than any time before that. Meanwhile, the Bucks have won three straight and hold the seventh spot in the East playoff race.
Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland.
TV/Radio: 7 p.m. EST, FOX Sports Ohio/WTAM
All-Time Series: Bucks lead, 112-78.
MILWAUKEE BUCKS (22-18)
C Larry Sanders
PF Ersan Ilyasova
SF Luc Mbah a Moute
SG Monta Ellis
PG Brandon Jennings
C Tyler Zeller
PF Tristan Thompson
SF Alonzo Gee
SG Dion Waiters
PG Kyrie Irving
• This is the final of four meetings in the series. It is the first with Bucks interim coach Jim Boylan, who replaced Scott Skiles on Jan. 8.
• The Bucks are 6-2 under Boylan. They have scored 100 or more points in five of those eight games.
C.J. Miles (illness) is a game-time decision. Miles sat out the Cavs’ win over Boston on Tuesday.
• Marquis Daniels (illness) is probable and rookie Doron Lamb (ankle) questionable for the Bucks.
• Along with a potent offense featuring Ellis and Jennings (and now Ilyasova, who has scored 27 in each of the previous two games), the Bucks are a sound defensive team. They lead the NBA in blocked shots at 7.55 per game.
• Also, Bucks’ opponents have committed at least 15 turnovers 28 times. Only the Clippers have accomplished the feat more (31).
• Bucks guard
Mike Dunleavy is shooting 58 percent on three-pointers over the last seven games (18-for-31).
Marreese Speights and guard
Wayne Ellington, acquired from Memphis in a trade earlier this week, will be available for the Cavs for the first time tonight.