Lebron James looks to pull his Cleveland Cavaliers out of a mini-slump Thursday and basketball fans can watch live online as the Milwaukee Bucks come to Quicken Loans Arena looking to upset the NBA Central-leading Cavs for the second time in six days. It was back on Saturday, November 14, that the Bucks turned in their best performance of the year, shocking Cleveland in double overtime, 108-105 in Milwaukee.
The surprise victory put an end to an eight-game winning streak for Cleveland, and came despite a typically epic offensive performance by “King” James, who put up a game-high 37 points to go with 12 rebounds and five assists.
But James also committed seven turnovers as his team went on to cough up the ball a staggering 20 times in the double-overtime contest.
To watch highlights of Saturday’s Bucks vs. Cavaliers game, check out the video above, on this page.
Milwaukee’s 27-year-old veteran point guard, Jerryd Bayless, in addition to drawing the unenviable task of guarding the 30-year-old, six-foot, eight-inch, 250-pound James — Bayless is six-foot, three-inches and 200 pounds — shared the Bucks scoring lead with fellow guard Michael Carter-Williams, as each tallied 17 points, while Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Greg Monroe scored 16 each.
Then on Tuesday, the Cavaliers lost another road game, falling by five points in regulation to the Detroit Pistons, blowing a 13-point, second-half lead in the process, which is raising concerns in Cleveland.
“I’m not sitting up here saying it’s Armageddon or anything like that,” James told ESPN on Thursday. “But we need to play better ball. Until we own that, we won’t get better.”
To find out how to watch the Milwaukee Bucks Vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Central game live online, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. Eastern Time at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio — 5 p.m. Pacific Time — on Thursday, November 19.
The Cavaliers, despite the brief losing skid, remain tied for the top position in the NBA Eastern Conference at 8-3, the same record as the Chicago Bulls, who have already defeated Cleveland once, in the NBA 2015-2016 season opener.
The Bucks, on the other hand, are still struggling to find an identity this season as Coach Jason Kidd looks for the formula to integrate a group of talented youngsters with new acquisitions Monroe and Greivis Vasquez, as well the returning Jabari Parker whose rookie year was cut short after just 25 games with a knee injury.
“It’s going to take time,” Kidd told USA Today on Thursday. “We have to go through the process, and that’s what we’re going through right now.”
At 5-6, Milwaukee is last in the Central Division and, more importantly, 13th overall in the East heading into the Thursday showdown with Lebron James and the Cavaliers.
Despite, or perhaps because of, their inspiring victory over Cleveland last Saturday, when Milwaukee traveled to Washington D.C. to face the Wizards on Tuesday, they ended up on the wrong end of a blowout, losing 115-86.
To watch the Milwaukee Bucks Vs. Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Central showdown live online, fans will have two options on Thursday. Using log-in credentials from a cable or satellite provider, viewers can log in to Watch TNT at this link — or download the Watch TNT app to view the game on mobile devices.
For fans without log-in credentials, or those who just want to watch the game on a TV set rather than on a computer or mobile device, Sling TV carries TNT, which will broadcast the game. The Sling TV package subscription costs $20 per month, but also offers a seven-day free trial. To watch Milwaukee Bucks vs. Cleveland Cavaliers on Sling TV, go to this link to sign up.
[Featured Photo By Morry Gash/Associated Press]