Regular MVP could miss second straight tilt
With LeBron James sidelined, the Cavaliers stumbled during Saturday’s 117-99 loss to Chicago. Will No. 23 be able to ride to the rescue in tonight’s bout vs. the Bucks?
Handicappers at online sports book Bovada.lv are waiting for this morning’s shootaround to unfold before releasing their numbers. If James is indeed unavailable again, though, it puts a severe dent in Cleveland’s prospects. The Cavs hold a 4-19 record without him since the start of the 2014-15 season.
In any event, Kyrie Irving will be asked to muster a huge effort shortly. He narrowly missed a triple-double against the Bulls, registering 34 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. The Duke product has actually eclipsed the 20-point mark in each of the past eight games. Maybe he’ll receive some help in orchestrating the offense, too, as free agent Deron Williams could make his Cleveland debut.
On the Milwaukee side, Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to flourish. The All-Star keyed the team’s triumph 100-96 triumph over Phoenix about 24 hours ago with 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting. Jason Kidd’s troops currently hold the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Bucks face their own issues as well. Khris Middleton, coming off a major knee injury, won’t travel to Quicken Loans Arena here. Jabari Parker suffered a torn ACL on Feb. 8, too. We’re looking forward to seeing which club rises above such medical maladies.