When you need someone to step up, look no further than LeBron James.
The Bucks closed the half on an 8-3 run to draw within two After Irving threw the ball away for a backcourt violation, Tony Snell hit a 3-pointer to punctuate the Bucks mini run with just one second left, and the Cavs went into halftime leading just 52-50.
"What would anybody's team be without their best player", said Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue, who it should be said is also now battling a sore throat. Of course if we play them in the playoffs, LeBron would be guarding him.
Kyrie Irving gave a valiant effort with a near triple double of his own - 34 points (13-of-25 shooting), nine rebounds and seven assists - but the Bulls' all-around effort, which included seven players scoring in double figures, proved too much for the short-handed Cavaliers to overcome.
Richard Jefferson tallied 11 points (all in 1st H) on 3-6 (.500) shooting and six rebounds in 30 minutes.
No matter how dominate one team can be or how bad they can be, it will depends on matchups when teams play one another. "He knows that, but this is the opportunity to come and win a championship, possibly, and play at a high level and be a part of a great team".
"We've been shorthanded for a while, but now we're starting to get healthy a little bit", said James.More news: Microsoft pushes smartphone productivity with three new India-focused apps
Calderon has never been a lockdown defender, and rarely even a serviceable one, but he's always balanced that out by being one of the most efficient offensive players in the game, picking up a 50-40-90 season along the way.
Paul George on the tech that led to his ejection: "It's not like I said something derogative to him".
Talk about a turnaround coming off a January in which the team went just 7-8, capped off by James putting the organization on blast for its roster construction and commitment to winning. "That's all that really matters".
Milwaukee trailed, 86-85, before the Cavaliers went on an 11-0 run to break the game open. He finished 2 of 10 from the field for four points and was 0 of 5 on threes. "But we were able to close it out in the fourth quarter and got the stops when we needed it".
CLEVELAND - Milwaukee Bucks forward Michael Beasley injured his left knee in a frightening scene during the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Talent-wise, they can't compete with the Warriors, but because a potential third Finals series against their biggest threats will likely be more of a marathon than a sprint, they're hoping their depth will count. Irving said. "It's exciting". The way he can defend, rebound the basketball, get guys involved, get guys easy shots, can score the basketball, knowing when to pick and choose his spots, when to be aggressively offensively but also getting guys involved.
The Cavaliers front office has been extremely active over the past few months.