With the regular season winding down, there is both good news and bad news to go with this. The good news? The playoffs are that much closer. The bad news? Well, uhm, I don't know, LeBron James' social media feed? Wait, that's actually a good thing.
The actual bad thing about the regular season ending is not being able to see a team like the Milwaukee Bucks, who possess the Eighth Basketball Wonder of the World in Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is virtually a walking Vine every time he steps on the court.
Who: Cleveland Cavaliers at Milwaukee Bucks
When: 8 p.m.
Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Where to watch: FOX Sports Ohio, NBA League Pass
Enemy Blog: Brew Hoop
Music: With Them - Young Thug
What to watch for:
- Have you seen Giannis Antetokounmpo play since the All-Star break? No? Well, now is your chance. He can do things like this and this and this, and even this. No one this tall should be doing these things. His numbers since the All-Star game are very good, and the fact that he's doing this with little impact behind the three-point line (which happens to be a hot commodity these days) makes it all the more impressive. Numbers aside, he's been the most fun players to watch because of all the things he can do for his size.
- For as good as the Greek Freak has been since the middle of February, he's only been half of the youngest duo in the league alongside Jabari Parker, who has also seen an improvement in his play since the All-Star break. If Milwaukee can find more pieces outside of Khris Middelton to put around them, the Bucks could be dangerous for years to come.
- LeBron has been playing his basketball this year of late, and it's been one small change that has led to this: he's taking less jumpers and attacking the rim more, as colleague Chris Manning wrote about earlier today. He'll need that jump shot in the later rounds of the play, but to see him show that he can still attack the rim better than any other player in the league is encouraging.
- When will Channing Frye officially take all of Timofey Mozgov's minutes? Cavs coach Tyronne Lue has been trying to get some confidence out of Mozgov before the playoffs, but it hasn't been all that great. Frye, on the other hand, has been done everything that was expected when he was acquired before the trade deadline.
- The Cavs hold a 3.5-game lead over the Toronto Raptors for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, and although having home court advantage in the first three rounds is great, it's not really a necessity for Cleveland. The Cavs' magic number to clinch the No. 1 seed is down to three.
Fear the Sword's Fearless Prediction:
LeBron loves playing against the Bucks, which bodes well for the Cavs. Kevin Love also plays well against the Bucks, which also bodes well for the Cavs. Which is why the Bucks will probably win this game 105-100, because there is no such thing as consistency with this Cavs team.