After defeating Siena 91-85 at Quicken Loans Arena on Monday, October 8, the Cleveland Cavaliers travel a few miles south for a "home" game against the Milwaukee Bucks in the home of the D-League affiliate Canton Charge on Tuesday, October 9.
Cleveland started their preseason on a bright note with six Cavaliers scoring in double figures on the night. Samardo Samuels led the squad with 14 points while Anderson Varejao grabbed eight boards. Cleveland looked rusty in the first period but went on a 23-10 run in the second and never looked back.
The Cavaliers will have their first matchup against an NBA opponent on Tuesday while Milwaukee will face Cleveland in their first preseason game of the year. Cleveland will likely allow their starters a handful of minutes on the floor to get their work in while the bench continues to develop and coach Byron Scott tinkers with various rotations. It will be the strength of the bench that will make or break the Cavaliers this season.
Milwaukee will opt to start Tobias Harris against the first-team Cavaliers in an effort to improve his defensive ability on the court. Milwaukee is perhaps one of the most underrated teams in the league, meaning everyone will need to step up if they hope to be taken seriously this year.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will take on the Milwaukee Bucks at the Canton Memorial Civic Center located in Canton, Ohio on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 7 p.m. EDT.
Cleveland comes into the game having won their last game and with a 1-0 preseason record. They are 1-0 as the "home" team this preseason.
Milwaukee enters the matchup with a 0-0 record this preseason. They 0-0 on the road this preseason.
The overall regular season record between these two teams stands at 110-77 in favor of the Bucks. Cleveland is 47-46 at home, 24-11 at Quicken Loans Arena, and 30-63 on the road against the Bucks.
Where to watch:
In Cleveland: FSOH
In Milwaukee: No local television
Cleveland: Alonzo Gee, Tristan Thompson, Anderson Varejao, C.J. Miles, and Kyrie Irving.
Milwaukee: Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis, Tobias Harris, Ersan Illyasova, and Samuel Dalembert.
The season statistic leaders:
Injuries to note:
Milwaukee: Doron Lamb (left elbow, Out), Luc Mbah a Moute (right knee surgery rehab, Out).
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