That wasn’t pleasant.
After getting off to a strong start with John Wall comfortably running the offense, Kyrie Irving taking a while to get started, and attaining a 15 point lead, the Wizards were thoroughly outplayed by the Cavaliers.Irving, who has struggled all year, broke out of his slump tonight scoring 41 points on 14-28 shooting with 5 assists. Bradley Beal led the way for the Wizards with 28 points on 11-25 shooting. Wall did a good job facilitating the offense with 12 assists and just 1 turnover but once again struggled shooting. While it was not completely his doing, Wall struggled guarding Irving all night, especially in overtime when he took over.
The Wizards played a struggling coming off a back to back at home with 2 days left…and lost. They missed wide open threes all night and let the Cavaliers get back into what was once a 15 point game early in the 2nd quarter. Kyrie Irving sliced and diced his way through the defense all night, while Tristan Thompson chipped in beating the Wizards up both inside and with his mid range jumper. The Wizards offense were getting open looks, but were clanking open threes all throughout the game. 18 turnovers at inopportune times also doomed this team, as it has seemingly done all season.
The Wizards are now 2-7, and searching for answers. While the flurry of games coming up are winnable, this game instills absolutely no confidence in what has already been reported to be a shaky locker-room. While it is still early, the Wizards have yet again shown ineptitude at the start of what was once a hopeful season. Hopefully, they figure out something soon, because the playoff wishes are looking more and more distant.
Here are the Bullet Points from the disaster.
– Cavs going to Bynum early, Gortat doing a good job
– Cavs seem to be penetrating early and drawing contact as a result
– Wizards are missing good looks
– Wall-Gortat side PnR…more please!
– Wall looks sharp early with solid defense on Kyrie and an effective use of his screens, has been involved in every FG so far.
– Kevin Seraphin still sucks, unfortunately
– Alonzo Gee’s insertion seems to have energized the Cavs, made a chasedown block on Wall and has hit a jumper
– Wizards have gotten good looks, even if they’re not capitalizing, they need to keep doing it
– Glen Rice with a beautiful alleyoop pass to Vesely to end the 1st quarter
– Wizards are looking great with Beal initiating offense for the 2nd unit, much more motion and good spacing
– Vesely seems extremely active so far, making good passes and not forcing anything
– Glen Rice Jr. has made some terrific entry passes, basketball IQ looks on point
– Garrett Temple is playing fantastic on-ball defense on Kyrie Irving, lateral quickness looks great
– Wizards turnovers have allowed Cleveland to come back into this game, by way of Kyrie Irving and CJ Miles
– Kyrie Irving ends the half hot and scores the last 11 points of the half, Wizards HAVE to make sure he doesn’t get his shot off
– Cavs are starting to hit their mid range shots and take the lead early in the 3rd
– Wizards have snapped out of it due to John Wall, 2 assists and a basket give the Wizards a 4 point lead
– Tristan Thompson is starting the 2nd half out on fire, knocking down his mid range shots
– Vesely is very active on defense, seems to be having a positive effect on the floor.
– Beal is cutting beautifully to the rim
– Cavs have tied the game in the 4th with Wall on the bench (of course)
– Kyrie Irving just shook the entire team and the crowd oohs and ahhs
– Wizards have squandered the lead and are in a tight one, Beal has missed some shots and made a crucial TO
– Kyrie Irving has had a loose handle in this game, turns it over with 1 second left
– Kyrie taking over at the end of this game and the Cavs take a 5 point lead