After beating Montepaschi Siena on Monday night, the Cavs sputtered out of the gate and were thoroughly dominated by the visiting Milwaukee Bucks. The sellout crowd of 3,942 were treated to an NBA game in what is customarily the home arena for the Canton Charge of the D-League. What they were not treated to was a high-quality NBA game with the home team putting on a show for the crowd.
The Cavs finished the night with 19 assists but voided that positive with the fact that they committed 22 turnovers. The Cavs had a fairly awful night shooting the ball. The team combined for 38.5% shooting compared to the Bucks who shot 44.0% from the field. Little should be made of the sloppy offense because of all of the new pieces on the roster and nature of preseason games.
It is important to remember that the regular season does not begin until October 30. Little should be made of who gets playing time, who struggles, who does well and rotations. Byron Scott is experimenting and this is the perfect time to make tweaks. The Cavs are not returning two starters from last year and they have ten new players on the training camp roster. Byron Scott and Chris Grant have between now and the end of training camp to decide if they prefer Donald Sloan or Jeremy Pargo to backup Kyrie Irving.
It goes without saying, but it is important to remember that this was a preseason game. It is easy to be overly-concerned over the overall performance of the team or individual players, but now is probably not the time to do so. The Cavs are most likely not a playoff team this year. In other words, panic should be reserved for when the team is expected to deliver and they do not. This is still a work in progress and the most important thing is to see development from the team and for everybody to stay relatively healthy.
The Cavs take on the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. Tipoff is at 8:00.