Tonight the Cavs welcome Andrew Bogut, Brandon Jennings and the Milwaukee Bucks to Cleveland. The Bucks represent one of two losses for the Cavs so far in the month of March, with the other being against the Spurs. In that loss in Milwaukee, Antawn Jamison exploded for 30 points and 11 rebounds as the Cavs lost 85-92. Oh, there was an asterisk on that one though. LeBron James did not play.
Still, Milwaukee has been hot for the month of March. They have only lost three games so far, with highlight victories over Cleveland, Boston, and Denver. They have been paced all month by John Salmons and Brandon Jennings with Andrew Bogut providing the defense and rebounding. The big story out of Milwaukee today is how their last victory over the Clippers clinched a 0.500 record for the first time in Andrew Bogut’s five-year career.
For the Cavaliers, Andy Varejao will miss his second consecutive game with a hamstring injury. The Cavs will look to score a quality win tonight after losing to the Spurs and then looking lethargic in beating the Sacramento Kings on Sunday. After two days off, you hope the Cavs come out and look energetic in their defense and in moving off the ball and to rebounds. Even in beating the Kings, the Cavs lost the rebounding battle and gave up 11 offensive rebounds. That is not the way a Mike Brown team is expected to play.
This could be an interesting game because of the sub-plot. I had forgotten all this stuff from the last time the Cavs played Milwaukee until it came up on Twitter. The Cavs lost and Brandon Jennings was shimmying and throwing up mocking goose gestures after three pointers. That game also led Mo Williams to apologize for his performance on Twitter. LeBron James, it was said privately, vowed revenge. To get the full story in all its detailed glory, head on over to OnlyInCleveland’s blog. It will be interesting to see if this actually turns out to be a grudge match of sorts for the Cavs to “get even.”
Cavs – 78.4% winning percentage, 102.1 PF, 94.8 PA, 9-1 L10
Bucks – 56.2% winning percentage, 97.9 PF, 96.3 PA, 7-3 L10