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Friday, December 14, 2012

Game 24: Bucks at Cavs


Quicken Loans Arena
Radio/TV: WTAM (1100 AM)/Fox Sports Ohio

WHAT HAPPENED: The Cavs don't match up well with the Bucks. They've lost nine in a row to Milwaukee, including their last four at home. They haven't beaten the Bucks in more than two years, since Nov. 24, 2010.

The Bucks appear to be getting it together and have won four in a row.

It all starts in the backcourt for the Bucks. Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings combined for 49 points and 12 assists on Friday.

But enough about the Bucks. The Cavs sleep-walked through most of this game. When they did engage, they couldn't help but turn the ball over. They had a season-high 27 turnovers - the most in a regulation game in the NBA this season. Dallas had 28 vs. Boston on Dec. 12, but it was a double-overtime game.

It the most turnovers by the Cavs since they had 28 on Jan. 17, 2003, at Denver.

Cavs coach Byron Scott was furious after the game. He went so far as to criticize guard Kyrie Irving's defense.

He said the Cavs didn't get back in the game until they put Alonzo Gee on point guard Brandon Jennings. Why did he do that?

"Kyrie wasn't guarding him," he said.

He's right. Irving isn't much of a defender, but he's his best player. He doesn't want to upset his star player. This whole team waits until Irving starts playing before they follow. Without Irving, there is no one to follow.

He got his sore face examined after the game. Irving took a hard fall in the first quarter. The one you might have to worry about is center Anderson Varejao. He got kicked in the calif in the second quarter and had X-rays. He vowed to play in New York on Saturday.

The Knicks game will be the Cavs' second back-to-back set this week. They are 0-7 this year on the second night of a back-to-back. That doesn't bode well for their game at New York on Saturday. The Knicks are 9-0 at Madison Square Garden.

It might not matter if Carmelo Anthony plays or not. They have the best record in the Eastern Conference. He might not play because of a sprained ankle.

LAST GAME: The Cavs lost to Indiana on Wednesday, 96-81.

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

SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. Marquis Daniels (6-8, 200)
PF Tristan Thompson (6-9, 227) vs. Luc Mbah a Moute (6-8, 230)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 260) vs. Larry Sanders (6-11, 235)
SG C.J. Miles (6-6, 222) vs. Monta Ellis (6-3, 185)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 191) vs. Brandon Jennings (6-1, 169) 
Cavs – G Dion Waiters, F Jon Leuer
Bucks - F Tobias Harris, G Beno Udrih
Ron Garretson, Mark Ayotte, Sean Wright


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