Photo: Joshua Gunter, The Plain Dealer
In what could be a preview of a 2nd round playoff match-up, the Cavs got help from video replay to seal their victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. The Cavs and the Bucks were involved in a grind it out game all night. Cleveland had a problem stopping John Salmons most of the game, but the Cavs forced Salmons to turn the ball over in the final minute when it counted most.
Jackson back in the Q and Injuries- Former Cavalier Darnell Jackson returned to the Q for the first time since he had been waived by the Cavaliers to make room for Z; the Milwaukee Bucks claimed Jackson off of waivers. The Cavaliers were without energy man Andy Varejao as he continues to rest his hamstring, and center Shaquille O'Neal was out as he continues to rehab his thumb. The Bucks were without Carlos Delfino (neck injury) and Michael Redd, who is out for the season.
Salmons Gets Going - John Salmons has been a terrific addition to the Bucks lineup, and he continued to play well in this game. Salmons got the Bucks started early; Salmons had 11 points in the 1st quarter on 4 of 5 shooting. Three of those baskets were layups and were uncontested. Much of Salmons's early success can be attributed to Anthony Parker's poor defense. Parker seemed to be wearing cement shoes; Parker's play is starting to become a growing concern... more on that later.
Mo Asserts Himself - Mo Williams must listen to the media because lately there has been much chatter about Mo not producing. In this game, Mo came out and was aggressive. Mo scored 7 1st quarter points and looked to push the ball early. Mo has recently lost some of his scoring opportunities to the addition of Antwan Jamison, but Mo needs to continue to play like he did in this game because he may be the X-factor to the Cavaliers winning it all.
Quick Fouls - The big names in this game were on the bench early in foul trouble. The Bucks rookie point guard, Brandon Jennings, picked up his 2nd foul four and a half minutes into the game and sat on the bench for over 12 minutes after that. LeBron James also picked up his 2nd foul early. LeBron committed his 2nd foul with 5:58 remaining in the 1st quarter but only sat until the start of the 2nd quarter.