Bucks vs. Cavaliers Preview: Bucks Hope To Hold On To 8th Spot Post-Bogut Trade

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2011/2012 NBA Season




18-24 (10-9 home) 16-24 (7-11 home)
March 14th 2012
Bradley Center
7:00 PM CT
Radio: 620 WTMJ TV: FSN Wisconsin
Probable starters:
Brandon Jennings PG Kyrie Irving
Carlos Delfino SG Anthony Parker
Tobias Harris SF Alonzo Gee
Ersan Ilyasova PF Antawn Jamison
Drew Gooden C Ryan Hollins

(16th) 100.7 - OFFENSE - 99.3 (21st)
(23d) 103.2 - DEFENSE - 103.1 (21st)
(7th) 95.5 - PACE - 95.0 (6th)

Fresh off of dealing long-time big man Andrew Bogut (along with Stephen Jackson) to the Warriors for Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh, And Kwame Brown, the Bucks stay at home tonight to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are breathing down the Bucks' collective neck in the race for the final playoff spot in the East.

No Newcomers. The Bucks will be a bit shorthanded tonight as Ellis and Ekpe Udoh are not cleared yet to play in a Bucks uniform. Kwame Brown, meanwhile, may not play a single game in a Bucks uniform due to a chest injury that sidelined him in January. However, it's probably safe to say that most Bucks fans weren't preoccupied withh the former #1 overall pick as part of the deal.

Playoffs? The Cavaliers are two spots behind the Bucks for the last playoff spot, behind the New York Knicks. Like the Knicks however, the Cavs have struggled recently, going 3-7 in their last 10 games. Rookie star Kyrie Irving has struggled shooting from the field in the last three games, shooting below 35% in each of them, but still creating opportunities for others.

Jennings still here. Despite rumors that Jennings may have been shipped out of Milwaukee along with Bogut, he's still here and kicking, and will hope to pick up where left off against New Jersey (34 points on 12/23 FG) as he continues to bounce back from a fairly disspointing stretch in February.

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