Cavaliers vs. Bucks Preview: Monta Ellis Joins Milwaukee

March 13, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA: Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) talks to referee Kevin Scott during the game against the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE

Update: Neither Monta Ellis nor Ekpe Udoh will play for the Bucks tonight.

You guys all enjoying a nice quiet trade deadline? While the Cavaliers haven't done anything (yet), Dwight Howard is wreaking havoc throughout the NBA by changing his mind more than my ex-girlfriend at the mall. Apparently Dwight is going to opt-in for the 2012-13 season next year with Orlando, in case you hadn't heard.

Similarly, the MIlwaukee Bucks made an enormous trade on Tuesday night. They moved Andrew Bogut to acquire Monta Ellis from the Golden State Warriors. Bogut was injured for the rest of the year, but is obviously a supremely talented center when healthy. Monta is a electric scorer who can provide some firepower to a relatively incompetent Bucks offense. I haven't gotten word on whether Ellis will play tonight for the Bucks or not, but regardless, this is big news.

Song Of The Day: Feels Like The First Time - Foreigner


Whether Monta plays or not...it feels like the fiirrrssttt timeeeeeee

Tonight's Overview:

Cleveland Cavaliers (16-24) at Milwaukee Bucks (18-24)

This is actually a pretty big game for all of you crazy heads that still want to get the 8th seed. With the upgrades that the Bucks recently made through that trade, I think it's pretty clear that the Bucks are undeniably a better team than Cleveland right now. They have a far better defense and now have the necessary offense to compete, I believe. I didn't want to push for the 8th seed anyway, so I'm not too broken up about it.

I didn't get around to writing a recap for the Raptors game last night, but we got beaten soundly again. It's pretty clear that Toronto simply owns the Cavs, for whatever reason. Kyrie Irving is shooting a pathetic percentage against them while he's shredding the rest of the NBA. It's weird -- I don't get it. They have our number and they did it again last night.

Keep in mind that the Bucks just traded several players and acquired a couple new guys as well. We have no idea whether they're going to be active tonight, but it's obviously going to take some time for them to get acquainted to the new roster either way. This may lead to a team that's caught off guard and be somewhat vulnerable tonight. Easy win for the Cavs? Perhaps.

Kyrie Irving has had some pretty rough shooting nights lately. He's had trouble getting off to a fast start and doesn't really get into rhythm until the fourth quarter. While it's awesome that he's so clutch, it'd be nice if he could just start the game shooting well instead of just going nuts in the final quarter. I realize that this is nitpicking, I'm just pointing it out.

Still nothing on the Ramon Sessions/Antawn Jamison trade fronts. I'm literally checking my phone and emails all day, so if I hear anything, you guys will be the first to know.

Key Matchup:

Monta Ellis vs. Brandon Jennings

Obviously, they now play on the same team. Obviously, this is dependent on whether or not Monta is playing or not tonight. Nevertheless, I think it's kind of awesome/hilarious that these two guys are now on the same team. No two teammates have missed more combined shots this year than Ellis and Jennings. They are both huge chuckers, even though they can be pretty effective at times. It's going to be an interesting dynamic since both guys need the ball in their hands A LOT.

Fear The Sword's Fearless Prediction:

I think the Cavs catch Milwaukee in a semi-transition period. They have Ersan Ilyasova playing really well right now (he was the Eastern Conference Player Of The Week) and he'll be a handful in the paint, but the Cavs should be able to take advantage of the fact that the Bucks haven't had time to process such a big trade. Cavaliers bounce back from last night's loss and win 101-93.

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