Bucks 97, Cavs 80: Video, recaps, stats and analysis

Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis were among six Bucks scoring in double figures as the Bucks cruised past Cleveland in their preseason opener.

As far as first games go: not too bad at all.

It's far too early to draw any conclusions about what kind of team Scott Skiles has on his hands, but the first 48 minutes showed a Bucks team that aggressively defended on the perimeter, contested plenty of shots around the basket (eight blocks), moved the ball well and held up on the boards (40-38 edge). Good things, even if they come against a so-so Cavaliers squad.

As for player: Brandon Jennings (15 pts/7 ast) and Monta Ellis (15/5) are who we thought they were, Tobias Harris was solid on both ends, and Larry Sanders channeled his boundless energy for the powers of good (10 points/8 rebs). John Henson had his share of dicey moments--defensive awareness, questionable shot selection--but stayed active enough to finish with a respectable line (6 pts/7 rebs). Thankfully, Beno Udrih is also doing just fine after having to leave the game due to a head injury, though his absence provided an extended look at newest Buck Marquis Daniels, who looked just fine filling in at shooting guard on both ends (4/7 fg, 10 pts, 6 rebs).
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