The Cleveland Cavaliers were unable to climb above the .500 mark as they fell to the Milwaukee Bucks by a score of 129-112.
The Cleveland Cavaliers competed with the Milwaukee Bucks for the majority of the game. Unfortunately, Milwaukee pulled away in the 4th quarter and Cleveland fell to 1-2 on the season. Cleveland was just bested by one of the most complete teams in the NBA. There is nothing glaring that pops out as “the reason” why Cleveland lost. This is just a game that a young team with a new head coach that they are unable to win at this moment in time.
Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson both posted double-doubles again. Love scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds while Thompson added 17 points and 13 rebounds of his own. This is another impressive performance from Thompson. Although, it is worth noting that if Thompson is the Cavs second-leading scorer that can be a bit of a problem. It will be difficult to win consistently if Thompson is towards the top of scoring leaders for the team.
Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers scoring attack with 18 points on 8-15 from the field. Sexton made two of five three-point attempts and rounded out his performance with three rebounds and one assist. Ideally Sexton’s assist number should be higher, but that is not necessarily the type of player he is. Eventually this number should improve, but for the time being this is what you’re going to get.
Jordan Clarkson did exactly what was expected of him, scoring 17 points in 25 minutes. Clarkson went 6-13 from the field, including 2-6 from deep and made both free throw attempts. This is the type of stat line that Clarkson will finish with on a regular basis. Scoring in the mid-to-high-teens on a fairly sizable volume of shots.