The Cleveland Cavaliers made a concerted effort to attack the Milwaukee Bucks from the perimeter in Friday night’s loss. The three-point discrepancy was apparent all night in the loss to the Clippers on Wednesday, after being decimated from beyond the arc.
This theory worked in the first half as the Cavs went into the locker room with a 63-60 lead. The second half got away from the Cavs quickly as they lost 123-105, with only 16 points in the fourth quarter.
The Cavs were not willing to allow the same disparity from three against the Bucks, and shot 4-10 from three in the first quarter, after going exactly 4-10 for the entire game against the Clippers. The Cavs only allowed the Bucks to shoot 7-22 from three-point range, but the issue with that philosophy was they were dominated inside, allowing 74 points in the paint.
Giannis Antetokounmpo ran roughshod over the Cavs interior defense with 33 points and 12 rebounds. The Cavs threw multiple defenders at him to attempt to slow him down, but it didn’t stop the back-to-back MVP.
Jarrett Allen hit more three pointers in the first quarter than the Bucks did, after hitting one in the corner, and not allowing the Bucks to hit a single three-pointer in the first. This wasn’t a crucial aspect in the game, but it was worth mentioning.
The Cavs had an effective night on the offensive end through three quarters, and ended with seven players in double figures, led by Collin Sexton with 19. The offense was in a really good rhythm, until the fourth quarter when it became stagnant.
The Cavs defense has become inconsistent after a strong start to the season. They have struggled to put together a complete game against a top tier team thus far.
Up Next: The Cavs will host the Milwaukee Bucks for a chance to redeem themselves on the second half of a back-to-back Saturday night. Tipoff is at 8 p.m.