Preview: Cavaliers at Bucks, March 6th

March 6th, 2010 by John Krolik

Relevant Statistics:

Pace: Cleveland 93.4 (25th) vs. Milwaukee 94.9 (15th)

Offensive Efficiency: Cleveland 109.4 (2nd) vs. Milwaukee 101.7 (23rd)

Defensive Efficiency: Cleveland 101.0 (7th) vs. Milwaukee 100.9 (6th)

Notes:

This game worries me. Bogut is easily the best center the Cavs have gone up against without Shaq or Z. Cleveland’s on the second night of a road back-to-back. Milwaukee’s won seven of their last eight, and the one loss was in overtime against the Hawks. What’s more, that eight-game stretch has included five road games and three back-to-backs. This game is a serious test for the Cavs.

The key will be stopping Bogut. Throw double-teams, don’t let him get easy baskets on the pick-and-roll, go under the screen on Jennings and force him to slingshot in jumpers. Jennings has also struggled to finish at the rim, so it’ll be important for the Cavaliers to contest his drives.

The less time Luc Richard Mbah a Moute gets to guard LeBron straight-up, the better. He’s a beast on that end of the floor.

Luke Ridnour has been having the best season of his career this season. He’s been automatic on long jumpers, so the Cavs can’t take a nap on him when he checks into the game.

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