Cavs (11-32) vs. Bucks (22-18) – Game #44


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.


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

Pregame notes:

• 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).

• Forward/center 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.

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