The Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at 7:30 at the Q. The Cavs are coming off defeats to the Chicago Bulls and the Dallas Mavericks, while the Bucks are coming off a somewhat surprising win over the Detroit Pistons. This will be an interesting game of two teams who both expected to compete for a playoff spot and are struggling to find many wins. Three things to watch for tonight:
- Attitude - How do the Cavaliers respond to yet another defeat. Are they at the point in this season, one earmarked for success, that they are too frustrated to compete? Do you see some of the players not hustling back on defense or for 50/50 balls? How do they communicate with each other and Coach Brown. All very important questions to look for answers to tonight.
- Movement - When the Cavs are successful on offense, it also bleeds over to their defense, they are moving the ball quickly and decisively. Players will move without the ball, set good picks and passes are hitting players in stride. This might happen for a quarter or a half. Sometimes it can happen for a couple plays on and off, but then the offense gets stagnant. The ball stays on one side of the court and doesn’t get moved around. The defense loads up and drives are often stopped cold. Can the Cavs see the success of player and ball movement? Will they continue to move even if that means they don’t get the credit? Is it selfishness or lack of trust in each other?
- Opponent - The Cavs are playing a team that they “should” beat, based on the talent level of both teams. However this has meant nothing this season to the Cavs. Will the Cavs show any respect for the Bucks and push hard to take control of this game earlier or will they expect to win and allow the Bucks to take the early advantage? The Bulls excelled in shooting against the Cavs, as have other teams, will OJ Mayo and others explode tonight as well?
What are you looking out for in this game? How do you think this game could define the season? Is it just one game and the results don’t matter? Tell us your thoughts before and after tonight’s game below in the comment section.