To the Cleveland Cavaliers’ credit, they are making the most out of what they are. They are a 5-5 team that has been ravaged by injuries and hasn’t had any real consistency in game-to-game. Broadly speaking, the Cavs’ identity is doing what it can to win based on who is actually available and competing for 48 minutes.
One reality of that: Cleveland’s offense is bad. Heading into Saturday’s game against the Bucks, they had the worst offense at the league at 102.7 points per 100 possessions — 8.1 points below the league average, per Cleaning The Glass. That’s especially troubling now as, league-wide, offensives are ahead of defenses and it’s going to take time for that even out.
Saturday’s 100-90 loss in Milwaukee also illustrated how bad the Cavs’ offensive is right now, particularly while the roster is thinned out due to injury. Cleveland played good defense, but mustered a measly 96.8 points per 100 possessions overall and 72.8 points per 100 possessions in the half court. Those are dreadful numbers that are really, really difficult to overcome on a single night and even more so over a stretch of games.
At the core of those struggles is the Cavs having a real lack of a three-point attack. Per Cleaning The Glass, the Cavs are 29th in three-point frequency overall while being in 28th in non-corner three-pointers and 26th in corner three-pointers. As of Jan. 9, they are they are…