Cavaliers-Bucks: Mike Brown Plays It Smart, Doesn’t Play LeBron James

March 7th, 2010 by Tom Delamater Leave a reply »
I like what Mike Brown did Saturday night in Milwaukee.

The Cavaliers’ head coach sat LeBron James against the Bucks.  Cleveland lost, 92-85, but may have gained much in the process, as they were forced to perform without their leader.

James rolled his right ankle during the Cavs win over Detroit Friday night in Cleveland. He stayed in the game and finished with 40 points and 13 rebounds as the Cavaliers came from behind to put away the upstart Pistons.

No matter. With James still limping noticeably before Saturday's game, Brown saw an opportunity to test his already depleted lineup against a solid Bucks team that had won eight of its previous nine games.

That the Cavaliers came up short is more of a minor setback than a serious indictment, particularly considering they already lacked a true center, with Shaquille O’Neal recuperating from thumb surgery and Zydrunas Ilauskas still counting the days until March 22.

Antawn Jamison had 30 points and Delonte West had 27.  Their play was an encouraging sign, the silver lining in an otherwise cloudy night.

Mo Williams had a horrendous shooting ni ...

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