Game 5: Cavs at Bucks
Radio/TV: WTAM (1100 AM)/Fox Sports Ohio
The Cavs came into the game ranked high in all defensive categories. However, you'd never know it from watching this game. They allowed the Bucks to shoot 50 percent from the field and 56.5 percent from behind the arc. Milwaukee was 13 of 23 from the 3-point line.
O.J. Mayo (6 of 7) and Gary Neal (4 of 5) were a combined 10 of 12 from deep. Where exactly was that vaunted defense?
The Cavs also lost the battle of the boards, 41-39. The Bucks were missing four key players, including starters Ersan Ilyasova, Brandon Knight and Larry Sanders.
This was a bad loss for the Cavs.
Point guard Kyrie Irving had his best game of the season with 29 points - 13 in the fourth quarter - eight assists and five rebounds. However, he kicked the ball out of bounds with 13 seconds left. Just a horrible turnover with the game on the line.
He missed a 3-pointer with a chance to tie the game seconds later.
His sidekick, Dion Waiters, had his best game of season, as well, with 21 points and three assists.
Center Anderson Varejao added 12 points, eight rebounds and three steals. He was very good on the night. However, power forward Tristan Thompson was once again a no-show. He had just five points and seven rebounds in 35 minutes. The Cavs have yet to win when he has an off night. Coincidence? Maybe not.
The Bucks' starting point guard, Brandon Knight, is suffering from a pulled hamstring. His replacement, Nate Wolters, was very good with nine points, eight rebounds and six assists.
The Bucks have just four holdovers from last season. GM John Hammond has completely revamped the roster. They do have talent on the roster.
As predicted, Cavs forward Anthony Bennett got his first NBA basket when he drained a 3-pointer in the second quarter. He broke out with a big smile.
He's still 1 of 20 from the field and 1 of 11 from the 3-point line.
UP NEXT: The Cavs travel to Philadelphia at 7 p.m. Friday at Wells Fargo Center.
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 267) vs. Zaza Pachulia (6-11, 275)