Cavs Notes: Team set to play Milwaukee for the second-time in five days

Can the Cavs take down the Bucks tonight at The Q?

James Rapien
December 14, 2018 - 11:56 am
Dec 10, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown (23) and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova (8) battle for a rebound in the third quarter at the Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

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Cleveland, OH – (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Cavaliers host the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Bucks beat the Cavs 108-92 on Monday night in Milwaukee. Tristan Thompson sprained his left foot in the game and is expected to be out 2-4 weeks.

“They put it on us the first time,” Jordan Clarkson said today at shootaround. “They attacked – (Malcolm) Brogdon had 11 points straight. Guys were getting off the dribble, getting into the paint making plays. Then they started making threes. It’s definitely something we got to shut down, keep them out the paint and figure out how to score offensively.”

Clarkson is dealing with a back injury, but expects to play through it. He scored a season-high 28 points in Wednesday’s win over New York. Clarkson is averaging 18 points, four rebounds and two assists per game in the month of December. He isn’t a starter, but he’s one of the most important players on the team. When Clarkson brings a spark off the bench, it takes pressure off of Collin Sexton, Rodney Hood and others who are relied upon to put the ball in the basket.

The Cavs have dealt with plenty of injuries this season. David Nwaba decided that enough was enough when he played on Wednesday night.

“I wasn’t seeing too much results, as far as getting better, but I just feel like it’s something I could still play on,” Nwaba said. “I wanted to be out there so I felt like it was time to return.”

His couldn’t have returned at a better time. Nwaba is an athletic wing, who can help this team defensively. He finished with nine points on 4-of-7 shooting in his return against the Knicks. He admits that there’s a mental hurdle that comes with playing on his ailing right knee.

“There’s a lot of adrenaline,” Nwaba said. “I’m not thinking too much about it, but there’s sometimes where I’m just a bit hesitant. I’ll try to fight through that. It’s just all a mental thing at this point.”

Milwaukee is led by one of the best players in the NBA. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 26 points, 13 rebounds and six assists per game this season on 57.5 percent shooting. He’s a challenge for any team, but even more so for the Cavs, who don’t have their best frontcourt defender in Thompson.

“He’s aggressive going to the basket and he’s a tough guy to try to stop,” Nwaba said. “It’s important to try to stay in front – you need help from your teammates. We have to shrink the floor. It’s a team effort.”

Other Cavs Notes:

Cavs’ players and staff visited children at the Cleveland Clinic on Thursday. Here are some of the amazing videos:

Matthew Dellavedova gets to play his former team twice in a five-day span. He was traded on December 7, made his Cavs’ debut Monday in Milwaukee and gets to see them again tonight. Delly scored 15 points on Wednesday, which gave him 2,014 career points. He’s been a spark off of the bench in his first two games with Cleveland.

The Cavs are 5-7 in their last 12 games despite injuries, youth and player movement. Larry Drew has done a good job of keeping this team together.

Did You See This? The Cavs and the other 15 teams that made the playoffs last year have new Nike ‘Earned Edition’ uniforms. Check them out here.

Pregame Primer:

  • Channing Frye will start for the second-straight game. Head coach Larry Drew is worried about the size of the Bucks' frontcourt.
  • Milwaukee is expected to be without Malcolm Brogdon. Khrus Middleton could be limited, but is active for tonight's game. 
  • Collin Sexton shot 5-of-18 in Milwaukee on Monday night. If you exclude that game, he's made 38 of his last 69 field goal attempts (55 percent). He will look to build on that tonight.