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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Bucks at Cavs

Quicken Loans Arena
Radio: WTAM-AM 1100, WMMS-FM 100.7, La Mega-FM 97.7
TV: Fox Sports Ohio

1. Even though center Anderson Varejao missed the last game with a rib contusion, it wasn't clear cut that he'd regain his starting job. That's because power forward Kevin Love thrived in his absence. Some thought Coach David Blatt might stick with Tristan Thompson at center. Before the game, Blatt was asked who would start. He turned to his PR men and asked, "Do I have to tell them?" They shook their heads no. At first he didn't, either, but finally gave it up that Varejao would start.

2. The Bucks come into this game ahead of the Cavs in the Central Division standings. They played their butts off in Tuesday's game. They are no longer a pushover. They are young, extremely long, athletic and well-coached. Jason Kidd, whose power play pushed Larry Drew out of a job with the Bucks, has done a heck of a job. Drew landed on his feet on the Cavs' coaching staff.

3. The Bucks have some intriguing players, none more impressive than the "Greek Freak," Giannis Antetokounmpo. He's now listed as 6-11 and can guard almost anyone on the court. He's so athletic. It appears he'll start on LeBron James, which should be a compelling matchup.

4. Backup point guard Matthew Dellavedova (sprained knee) is very close to returning to the lineup. My guess is he'll play vs. New York on Thursday. His defense, playmaking and toughness is needed off the bench.

5. Tonight will be Varejao's 549th game as a Cavalier. He surpassed Brad Daugherty (548) for eighth place in franchise history for games played.

6. James needs seven 3-pointers to surpass Mark Price (802) as the franchise's all-time leader in 3-pointers made. Teammate Kyrie Irving needs six 3-pointers to surpass Damon Jones (444) for eighth place all time.

7. The Cavs have won eight consecutive games when they've reached 100 or more points. They are 9-1 this season when they score 100 or more points.

8. During the Cavs' 4-game winning streak, they're averaging 109.8 points and 23.8 assists and shooting 52.3 percent from the field. They are holding their opponents to 91.5 points per game and 42.8 percent shooting.

9. They travel to New York on Thursday for a nationally televised game (TNT) against the Knicks. They owe the Knicks after they ruined their season opener.

UP NEXT: at New York, Madison Square Garden, 8 p.m. Thursday

SF LeBron James (6-8, 250) vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo (6-11, 217)
PF Kevin Love (6-10, 243) vs. Jabari Parker (6-8, 240)
C Tristan Thompson (6-9, 238) vs. Larry Sanders (6-11, 230)
SG Shawn Marion (6-7, 228) vs. O.J. Mayo (6-5, 210)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 193) vs. Brandon Knight (6-3, 189)
Cavs - G Matthew Dellavedova, C Alex Kirk
Bucks - F Damien Inglis, C Johnny O'Bryant
Danny Crawford, John Goble, Lauren Holtkamp


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