Thursday, April 01, 2010

45 to 9

I had to work last night, so I didn't get to see any of the Cavaliers' victory over the Bucks, though I did hear the end of it. It was nice to see (well, hear from Joe Tait) that the Cavs actually ran a play at the end of a game, rather than just watch LeBron dribble and chuck a jumper.

The Cavs were down four with about 3 minutes to go and they fought back and got the victory. The Cavs nearly blew the game by missing so many free throws (Jamison and Hickson went 2-6 down the stretch) but thankfully Mo made his late and the Cavs held on. One could say the game down to free throws.

And if I were a Bucks fan, I'd be quite pissed. The Cavs missed more free throws (16) than the Bucks even attempted (9). Overall, the Cavs went 29-45 from the stripe while Milwaukee went 8-9. John Salmons went 7-7 and Andrew Bogut went 1-2 and that's it. 9 free throw attempts to 45. No other Buck was fouled while attempting a shot? The Cavs were clean besides those two?

Again, I didn't see this game. I know Milwaukee is really aggressive on defense, so it's not a big surprise they picked up a ton of fouls. And the Bucks did shoot 25 threes (to the Cavs 16) and they're not a bruising inside team, but still. 45-9? As a Cavs fan, I have a hard time defending that.

But whatever. A win is a win is a win is a win. I'll take it. Sure, it looks awful, but is the NBA really fixing a regular season game in late March between the Cavs and Bucks? Somehow, I doubt it.

Anyways. 29-45? Seriously guys? I can't imagine this poor free throw shooting not affecting them at some point in the playoffs. I hope I'm wrong (or it won't cost them a game or, god forbid, a series), but stuff like this has a way of making an appearance in the playoffs.


davemanddd said...

i've seen games where the exact opposite happened to the cavs, so what's good for the goose is good for the gander.

Ben said...

like I said, I didn't see the game (and I'm told the Cavs went inside while the Bucks shot Js)and the Milwaukee certainly had their chances to win...

But 45-9? 45-9 is absurd.