You're going to probably lose whenever the backcourt rotation of Nate Wolters, O.J. Mayo and Gary Neal is allowed to combine for 60 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds. This becomes especially true when the team those three guards are leading collectively shoots 50 percent from the floor and 56.5 percent from three-point range.
Despite a furious rally led by Kyrie Irving over the final three minutes, the Cleveland Cavaliers would fall 109-104 to the Milwaukee Bucks based on all of the reasons referenced above.
Their fate would eventually be sealed after Irving dribbled off his foot while trailing by one with under a minute to play. But even though Irving, along with Dion Waiters and Sixth Man of the Year candidate C.J. Miles helped give Cleveland a chance to steal one on the road, the Cavs had no real business making it as close as they eventually did.
Mike Brown's team dug a hole by appearing tired to start the game and not playing with the defensive energy he requires. In this league, even the teams that are bad to begin with before they lose Brandon Knight, Larry Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova are capable of winning when that happens.
That's the biggest lesson this young Cavs team with an average age of 23.8 will hopefully take from their latest trip to Milwaukee: Coach Brown's not kidding, you guys really have to defend consistently on a nightly basis or you can definitely lose to anybody.