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Post#1 12/14 GT: Bucks vs Cavs 6:30PM CST FSN-WI
Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:00 pm by EastSideBucksFan

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OUT: Dunleavy, Tobias, Udrih
IN: Larry Sanders
Game time decisions: Lamb & Udoh

Dion Waiters OUT

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By JEFF MEZYDLO
Posted Dec 13 2012 12:47PM

A visit to Cleveland should provide the Milwaukee Bucks with a good opportunity to extend their winning streak to a season-high four games.

The Bucks can accomplish that feat with a ninth consecutive victory over the Cavaliers on Friday night.

Milwaukee (11-9) has not trailed over the final three quarters in any of its last three games, holding opponents to averages of 88.7 points and 40.7 percent shooting. The Bucks never fell behind Wednesday in a 98-85 win over Sacramento, using a 12-2 run over the third and fourth quarters to take a 15-point lead and control of the game.

Brandon Jennings scored 19 points and Monta Ellis added 17 with 11 assists as Milwaukee overcame a 40.6-percent shooting effort. Off to their best 20-game start since opening 12-8 in 2005, the Bucks held a Kings' squad minus big man DeMarcus Cousins to 37.2 percent from the field and pulled down a season-high 60 rebounds.

"Neither team played well," coach Scott Skiles told the Bucks' official website. "You have to win those games. Make enough plays to win."

Ersan Ilyasova had 16 points and a season-high 14 rebounds while Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored 17 in his first start of the season for Milwaukee, which won without starting forwards Larry Sanders (illness) and Epke Udoh (wrist sprain) or key reserves Mike Dunleavy (bruised knee) and Beno Udrih (ankle sprain).

While it's uncertain if any of those players will return Friday, the Bucks should still feel confident they can continue their dominance over the Cavaliers (5-18).

Milwaukee has averaged 110.1 points and shot 51.9 percent during an eight-game winning streak over Cleveland that dates to an 83-81 road loss Nov. 24, 2010. Only the Bucks' run of 12 straight wins versus Brooklyn is currently longer against an opponent. Ellis had 29 points, 12 rebounds and six assists while Jennings scored 13 with 13 assists in a 105-102 home win over the Cavaliers on Nov. 3 in the teams' only meeting this season.

Jennings has totaled 52 points and 14 assists in the last two at Cleveland.

One night after the Cavs snapped a five-game slide with a 100-94 home win over the struggling Los Angeles Lakers, they blew a 16-point first-half lead and totaled 23 in the second half of a 96-81 loss at Indiana on Wednesday. C.J. Miles posted his second straight 28-point game, but star Kyrie Irving was held to nine on 4-of-12 shooting as Cleveland shot a season-low 33.3 percent.

"We have to learn as a young team to know how to carry a lead like we had into the second half," said Irving, who scored 28 against the Lakers in his return from missing 11 games with a broken finger. "As the leader of this team, I have to do a better job of settling us down and making that happen."

Irving has averaged 28.0 points on 59.3 percent shooting in three games against the Bucks. He had 27 with seven assists at Milwaukee last month.

A starter the last two games, Miles is averaging 21.0 points in the last four.
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Post#2 Re: 12/14 GT: Bucks vs Cavs 6:30PM CST FSN-WI
Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:06 pm by DocHoliday

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Larry Sanders is back in the starting lineup tonight at Cleveland. Mbah a Moute will get another start. Udoh Questionable. #MilvCle


Bucks coach Scott Skiles said Larry Sanders will start at center and a decision will be made on Udoh later in the day. Udoh did take part in shootaround.

Sanders missed the Bucks' 98-85 victory over Sacramento on Wednesday because of a sinus infection.

Doron Lamb was missing after suffering from the flu but Skiles said he expects the guard to fly to Cleveland later Friday and possibly be available to play. The Bucks are short in the backcourt with Lamb ill and Beno Udrih still out with his sprained right ankle.

Skiles said he will start Marquis Daniels at small forward but Daniels also could shift to the backcourt if needed.

"If Doron gets here, we'll have an extra guard," Skiles said. "Brandon (Jennings) and Monta (Ellis) are coming off a big-minute game anyway and they'll have to play bigger minutes. If we needed a third point guard, it would be Marquis."
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Post#3 Re: 12/14 GT: Bucks vs Cavs 6:30PM CST FSN-WI
Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:28 pm by Nebula1

Welcome back Larry.

Looking forward to this game. Cleveland has the revenge factor and has been playing reasonably well, but Milwaukee needs this win.

Hopefully Udoh plays.
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Post#4 Re: 12/14 GT: Bucks vs Cavs 6:30PM CST FSN-WI
Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:29 pm by Max Green

Nice to have Larry back. Hopefully Henson gets some minutes tonight, we really need to win tonight since we most likely won't beat the Clippers tomorrow undermanned.
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Post#5 Re: 12/14 GT: Bucks vs Cavs 6:30PM CST FSN-WI
Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:35 pm by Run-MKE 311

Get that W tonight, should be a good battle.
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Post#6 Re: 12/14 GT: Bucks vs Cavs 6:30PM CST FSN-WI
Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:42 pm by Nebula1

Agreed on hoping to see Henson tonight.
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Post#7 Re: 12/14 GT: Bucks vs Cavs 6:30PM CST FSN-WI
Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:58 pm by DocHoliday

Curious to see Sanders vs Varejao, not so interested in watching us trying to stop Kyrie. Hopefully we can keep Gee and CJ Miles in check at least.
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Post#8 Re: 12/14 GT: Bucks vs Cavs 6:30PM CST FSN-WI
Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:04 pm by Nebula1

Gee has been a nice player for the Cavs. I like his game.
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Post#9 Re: 12/14 GT: Bucks vs Cavs 6:30PM CST FSN-WI
Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:13 pm by ibanezjp

Obviously, Cav's record is a bit deceptive so hopefully we show up for this one tonight. Like mentioned above not looking forward to dealing with Kyrie but if they can keep the others in check we should be ok. A.V. always seems to give us fits so hopefully Larry can take care of him. It would be fun to guess the over/under on how many times Johnny Mac says about A.V. "HE'S A TON JIM!"

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Post#10 Re: 12/14 GT: Bucks vs Cavs 6:30PM CST FSN-WI
Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:27 pm by Scoops

Nebula1 wrote:Gee has been a nice player for the Cavs. I like his game.

You have a strange attraction to some terrible players.
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Post#11 Re: 12/14 GT: Bucks vs Cavs 6:30PM CST FSN-WI
Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:30 pm by CanadaBucks

Nebula1 wrote:Gee has been a nice player for the Cavs. I like his game.



Not trying to bash you but....
39.4%FG
49.4TS%
13/4/2 per 36
more TOs than assists and 28.2 from downtown.

Marquis Daniels>Alonzo Gee


That's down from last year too......
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Post#12 Re: 12/14 GT: Bucks vs Cavs 6:30PM CST FSN-WI
Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:37 pm by Nebula1

I didn't say I'd build a team around. I just like his game.
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Post#13 Re: 12/14 GT: Bucks vs Cavs 6:30PM CST FSN-WI
Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:57 pm by trwi7

Nebs is back on his I love everyone kick.
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Post#14 Re: 12/14 GT: Bucks vs Cavs 6:30PM CST FSN-WI
Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:01 pm by A Diddy2231

I like Alonzo Gee when he's playing the Bucks..but I watch a lot of Cavs games(because I loathe their play by play guy) and Gee looks like a pile of ass most times
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Post#15 Re: 12/14 GT: Bucks vs Cavs 6:30PM CST FSN-WI
Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:06 pm by CanadaBucks

A Diddy2231 wrote:I like Alonzo Gee when he's playing the Bucks..but I watch a lot of Cavs games(because I loathe their play by play guy) and Gee looks like a pile of ass most times

Austin Carr was a much better basketball player than analyst
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Post#16 Re: 12/14 GT: Bucks vs Cavs 6:30PM CST FSN-WI
Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:08 pm by Baddy Chuck

They have the two best players on either team but I think we can win this actually.
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Post#17 Re: 12/14 GT: Bucks vs Cavs 6:30PM CST FSN-WI
Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:35 pm by CanadaBucks

Baddy Chuck wrote:They have the two best players on either team but I think we can win this actually.



They have one of the 5 worst benches in the NBA and that's how we beat them the first time.
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Post#18 Re: 12/14 GT: Bucks vs Cavs 6:30PM CST FSN-WI
Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:38 pm by Nebula1

trwi7 wrote:Nebs is back on his I love everyone kick.


Are you stalking me again? You must be bored.

I don't like Varejao. Hope you're happy.
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Post#19 Re: 12/14 GT: Bucks vs Cavs 6:30PM CST FSN-WI
Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:52 pm by Thunder Muscle

I don't have a good feeling about this one. I think Irving has a big game, we struggle to score, and lose.

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Post#20 Re: 12/14 GT: Bucks vs Cavs 6:30PM CST FSN-WI
Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:37 pm by Baddy Chuck

CanadaBucks wrote:
Baddy Chuck wrote:They have the two best players on either team but I think we can win this actually.



They have one of the 5 worst benches in the NBA and that's how we beat them the first time.

We beat them by 1 basket and it took Dunleavy scoring like 30 points. We aren't a whole lot better then them.
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