Bucks-Cavaliers: Cleveland Had the 'Mo'Jo Versus Redd-less Milwaukee

Bleacher Report Senior Analyst INovember 12, 2008

Not a whole lot to talk about again, as the Bucks (3-5) dropped their third-straight game of the early NBA season.

Tonight, they started slowly against the 6-2 Cleveland Cavaliers.  They regained the lead for a short period of time late in the third quarter, but would eventually fall 93-99. Here's the Box Score.

Of course the big stat of the game was the fact LeBron James put up 41 on the Bucks, the third-consecutive game he has scored 41 against Milwaukee. So much for Jefferson's defense against LeBron.

It was also Mo Williams first game against his old squad. He finished with 16 points on nine-of-10 shooting from the charity stripe.

As for the Bucks?  Again, Bogut was almost non-existent due to foul trouble, finishing with only five points on two-of-seven shooting. Jefferson led the Bucks with 19 points.

My assessment of this loss: 38-percent shooting from the field is just ugly— as is a turnover differential of 16:9 in the Cavs' favor. CV had another double-double, but he shot just four of 15 from the field.

The Bucks play an injury-depleted San Antonio Spurs (1-4) team at home on Wednesday night. No word on whether Michael Redd will play, but I would be surprised if he did.  However, dynamic guards Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili will not play for the Spurs.

TBC Buck of the Game: Charlie Villanueva for 12 points, 10 boards, and four assists. I have a hard time giving it to Jefferson for his inflated 19 points (including free three at the end of the game) while allowing LeBron to score 41, or to Ridnour or Villanueva for their poor shooting.

But in the end, Villanueva picked up the rebounding void left by Bogut and managed three offensive boards.