OK Cavs fans, time to shake off the sting of the Portland loss and return to winning. Tonight we face off against the Milwaukee "doing the best/worst job of tanking" Bucks. The Bucks have had a rough season fraught with injuries and the depressing prospect of practicing against the worst team in the NBA every night. Money was spent in the off season to not tank, to take a shot at the 8th seed in a weak conference. The Bucks strategy, though sound on paper, of making the 8th seed even easier to obtain by weakening the competition for it, has not panned out so far.
There are bright spots for this team however. 23 year old sophomore John Henson is having a breakout season with a per 36 min line of 16/10/2 with 2.7 blocks. His jump in blocks and improvement in defensive rating- without having LARRY SANDERS! on the floor with him this year- makes for a tasty future front court when the SANDERS! returns later in the season. The supposedly raw Giannis Antetokounmpo already looks like an NBA player and just earned his first professional start a few nights ago in a loss to the Knicks. If you haven't heard he has large hands. Huge hands each with 5 enormous fingers, every one long and powerful, scary and yet beautiful. You know its wrong to stare, but you just can't look away, so masculine, throbbing...... where was I? The future is surprisingly bright for the Bucks, who could add to their triplet of young big men (I don't know what else to call Giannis) with a top 5 pick in a stacked draft.
For tonight's game, though, the Bucks are without defensive stud LARRY SANDERS! who inured his thumb months ago working on his offensive game after hours. They are also without 5 time "Best Name in the NBA" winner Zaza Parachutlia (spell-check- no suggestions found), Zaza Pikachulia (no suggestions found), Zaza Pachulia (still, no suggestions found). Ok, I'm tentatively going with Pachulia. This is huge for the Cavs as in their loss to the Bucks earlier in the season he played 40 mins, and put up 14/9/7 on just 4 FG attempts. The remainder of their roster is sprinkled with doubtfuls, out indefinatlies, and Delfinos.
In short this is a game the Cavs should win, though there are pitfalls. In their first meeting Mayo got hot from outside the arc, shooting 6/7, and the Cavs were out rebounded by an energetic team. I'm sorry, did splashing 3s and big men active on the boards bring up bad memories from earlier this week? Well it should. The Cavs need to treat this team seriously, as despite a large roster turnover and numerous injuries they have still played hard- winning two of their last 7 and with one loss in OT and one by a single point.
Lets not take them lightly, protect our home court, and start off a new winning streak tonight.