Game 44: Bucks at Cavs
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (12-32) 113, MILWAUKEE BUCKS (22-19) 108
Quicken Loans Arena
Radio/TV: WTAM (1100 AM), WFUN (970 AM)/Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED: Cavs forward/center Marreese Speights and shooting guard Wayne Ellington made their debuts with their new team on Friday.
Judging by the outcome of the game, we'll be seeing a lot of them in the future.
Speights, a noted Bucks' killer, had 10 points, six rebounds and two steals. He will fill the backup center role. He played inspired basketball. He was vocal on the court and was barking out orders.
The Cavs were in desperate need for a backup big man. They might have found one in the 6-10, 255-pound Speights.
Ellington made just one basket, but it was huge. He drained a 3-pointer with 6:31 remaining for a 96-95 lead. They never trailed thereafter. He also defended well against Bucks swingman Mike Dunleavy.
Ellington was playing small forward. He's a little undersized for the "3" spot, but he's a pretty husky guy.
Some have predicted the demise of Boobie Gibson, but he drained two big 3s on Friday. He's also a very good perimeter defender.
Bucks coach Jim Boylan, a disciple of Mike Fratello's coaching tree, took the reins on Jan. 8 when Scott Skiles and the Bucks mutually parted ways. Boylan is 6-3 since replacing Skiles.
The Cavs have won their last three home games, but are just 6-12 at The Q.
Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings was one of the players snubbed for the All-Star Game. He wanted to prove the league's coaches were wrong. Of course, Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving made it instead - and let me get this out of the way - is more deserving than Jennings.
Irving had 35 points on Friday. Jennings had 14 points and 12 assists. It's too bad he didn't make it, but there were only seven spots for the reserves. he wasn't better than either of the back-up guards, Irving or Philadelphia's Jrue Holiday.
LAST GAME: The Cavs defeated Boston on Tuesday, 95-90.
UP NEXT: The Cavs travel to Toronto at 7 p.m. Saturday at Air Canada Centre.
SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. Luc Mbah a Moute (6-8, 230)
PF Tristan Thompson (6-9, 227) vs. Ersan Ilyasova (6-10, 235)
C Tyler Zeller (7-0, 250) vs. Larry Sanders (6-11, 235)
SG Dion Waiters (6-4, 221) vs. Monta Ellis (6-3, 185)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 191) vs. Brandon Jennings (6-1, 169)
Cavs – C Anderson Varejao, G Josh Selby
Bucks - G Doron Lamb, C Joel Przybilla
Ed Malloy, James Williams, Sean Wright