The Milwaukee Bucks are not a good basketball team.
Forgive me if that isn’t exactly “breaking news”, but when the Bucks fail to crack the 80-point plateau against the less-than-terrifying Cleveland Cavaliers defense, that point is driven home with a vengeance. Milwaukee shot just 40% in losing by a 15-point margin (93-78) to Cleveland, but frankly, it was the rest of their all-court game that suffered even more than their shooting prowess.
The Cavs dominated the glass to the tune of 52-34, and despite a relatively slow pace, the Bucks committed 15 turnovers while making just 30 field goals. Furthering their offensive impotence, Milwaukee placed only one player in double-figures (Khris Middleton, off the bench, scored 13), and even after playing 12 active players in the game, head coach Larry Drew could never settle on any sort of an effective rotation.
For Cleveland, this is a “take care of business” win of the highest order. No player saw more than 28 minutes of court time, and while Kyrie Irving (10 points, 10 assists) and Anderson Varejao (game-high 16 points) had nice days at the office, this victory was much more about Milwaukee’s incompetence than anything positive for the Cavs.
In the grand scheme, two teams near the bottom of the East “battling” to a 15-point margin isn’t terribly exciting, but with Milwaukee aiming at new lows of futility, there is somewhat of an entertainment element to their play.