After being down by as much as 15-points early on, the Wizards bounced back in the second half to complete the comeback victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers in their final preseason game. Here are some quick Bullet Points:
- Even though the Cavaliers started Kyrie Irving at shooting guard, we still got to see him match up against John Wall. I hoped Wall would look less lethargic than he has in the past few preseason games, but needless to say, his effort was rather disappointing. Instead of matching Irving’s energy, Wall played like he couldn’t wait to finish playing meaningless preseason games. He finished with just with just 3 points and 4 assists on the night, canceling out his dimes with 4 turnovers. It wasn’t a great night for Wall, and I’m hoping he flips the switch once the regular season begins.
- Once again, Bradley Beal continued to shoot well from the floor, making 9 of his 16 shot attempts from the floor. Beal finished with 21 points on the night, including 3-three pointers. There was a sequence where he split a double team and drove to the basket for an emphatic jam, which basically summarized Beal’s performance throughout the entire preseason. Beal has looked like the most impressive player on the Wizards roster during preseason, and one could only hope it carries over to the regular season next week.
- Trevor Ariza was a pleasant surprise tonight in Martell Webster’s absence, contributing with a well-rounded game of 19 points, 8 boards and 5 assists. Tonight was by far the best Ariza has looked during preseason, which could be attributed to his made threes. Ariza knocked down 5 of 7 three pointers tonight, providing the perimeter shooting Washington has been missing throughout the entire preseason. He doesn’t usually play like he did tonight, but when he does, it warrants him being in the starting lineup.
- Al Harrington led the three point barrage which ultimately resulted in a Wizards comeback win. “Cheddah” knocked down 3-threes, scoring 17 points to go along side 7 rebounds in just 19 minutes of playing time. Washington’s forwards have been inconsistent, but Harrington has always provided a scoring spark off the bench. I’ll be interested to see if Wittman decides to start Harrington after his great preseason play.
That’s a wrap for Wizards preseason, folks.
Washington finished their run with just two victories, but we were able to draw some conclusions from a few of these exhibition games. The Wizards begin their regular season on October 30th against the Detroit Pistons.