Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) - Cavaliers coach Byron Scott has all season said his young team can’t seem to overcome a lack of focus at points in games.
Like a broken record, Friday night was another case of it, as the wine and gold continued to struggle against Central Division foes, falling to the Milwaukee Bucs 90-86 at the Q.
The Cavs committed a season and league high 27 turnovers, the most they have committed since a game at Denver back in the 2003 season.
“It’s pretty simple guys when you come out with a lack of energy and lack of effort that we came out with, commit 27 turnovers, your not going to win a lot of games,” Scott said.
The loss puts the team at 5-19 on the season, and while 11 of those games were without star guard Kyrie Irving, this club is quickly putting themselves into the category of irrelevant.
The Bucks are putting a nice season together, as they are 12-9, have won four in a row, and have dominated the Cavs, winning nine straight against them.
Milwaukee got out and hit shots when they needed to, building a 16-point lead in the second quarter, as they took advantage of a Cavs team that early on didn’t appear to have energy or focus.
Many of the turnovers were unfocused turnovers, happening with no pressure and with plenty of time to spare on the shot clock.
The Cavs did have a lead for a short amount of time in the third quarter, but with the turnovers and a hot night for Monta Ellis, the Bucks were able to dominate the game for most of the 48 minutes.
Irving, who hit his face on the floor going up for a shot in the first quarter, led the Cavs with had 26 points.
Cleveland also had a scary injury when Anderson Varejao went down with about five minutes left in the second quarter.
He went into the locker room for X-rays, which were negative, and it was said he had a lower left leg contusion. He came back in the third quarter, and had 18 rebounds to go along with eight points.
Milwaukee had four players in double-digits, with Brandon Jennings following up Ellis’ big effort with 16 points. The backcourt of Ellis and Jennings combined to beat up the Cavs for 49 points.
C.J. Miles popped in 17 for the Cavs, and tried to keep the team in the game in the second half, hitting 6-for-14 from the field and 3-for-5 from three-point range.
The Cavs will take their show on the road for another back-to-back on Saturday, as they take on the New York Knicks at historic Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks have not lost a home game all season, and are in first in the Atlantic at 17-5.
For the Bucks, Monta Ellis had a game-high 33 points.