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Friday, March 30, 2012

Game 49: Bucks at Cavs


Quicken Loans Arena
Radio/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio

WHAT HAPPENED: Could this season get any worse? Absolutely. Can you imagine 40 minutes of Donald Sloan running the point? Oh my.

The Cavs have lost six in a row. Many more are going to follow.

Guard Kyrie Irving sprained his right shoulder in the second quarter. He played the entire third quarter before leaving the game for good. He led all scorers with 29 points, but it might be the last we see of him for a while.

I'd be shocked if he plays in New York. There's too much riding on it.

This team has been almost impossible to watch the last couple weeks with Irving. Without him, many fans will be tuning into the NCAA tournament very early.

The Cavs got their first look at the Bucks' new starting backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. I've always been an Ellis fan. He's 11th in the NBA in scoring at 20.8 per game.

Jennings paced the Bucks with 28 points, followed by Ellis' 13.

The Cavs are having major problems scoring points. They are averaging 85 points during the losing streak. And, that includes the 102 points scored in the overtime loss to Atlanta on March 21. That devastating loss started their recent losing streak.

Coach Byron Scott was asked if that defeat was hard to overcome. He said it hadn't caused the losing streak, but I have a feeling it contributed to it. That was the last time the Cavs played to win instead of looking like they were going through the motions.

The Cavs will have 12 players available for tonight's game. They signed D-League guard Lester Hudson to a 10-day contract. He's been a big scorer since his college days at Tennessee-Martin. He had a basket in his eight-minute stretch.

Despite being a bit short-handed, the Cavs continue to leave forward Luke Harangody with the Canton Charge.

BAD NEWS: I was told before the game I wouldn't be voting on the NBA post-season awards for the first time in almost 10 years. I didn't travel this year, which is one of the stipulations. It's something I took pride in and put a lot of time into over the years.

UP NEXT: The Cavs travel to New York at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. Luc Mbah a Moute (6-8, 230)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Ersan Ilyasova (6-10, 235)
C Tristan Thompson (6-9, 227) vs. Drew Gooden (6-10, 250)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Monta Ellis (6-3, 185)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 191) vs. Brandon Jennings (6-1, 169) 
Cavs – C Anderson Varejao, F Luke Harangody, G Daniel Gibson

Bucks - C Kwame Brown, G/F Carlos Delfino 

Zach Zarba,  Mark Ayotte,  Olandis Poole




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