John Wall led the way for the Wizards with 28 points and Markieff Morris chipped in with 20 but it wouldn’t be enough as the Wizards run out of gas late and lose to the Cavs, 105-94.
Wall came out on fire tonight connecting on 6 of his first 8 shots to begin the game as the Wizards shot 62.5 percent and led 31-26 after one quarter. Wall took it upon himself to take on the scoring load as his backcourt mate in Bradley Beal was sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Kelly Oubre was a spark for the Wizards tonight hitting his first four field goals and finishing the night with 10 points to go along with six rebounds.
Even though the Wizards played a nearly flawless first half, they still found themselves down, 58-56.
Things fell apart for the Wizards in the third quarter as they had tons of trouble guarding the three-point line. Kyrie Irving and JR Smith connected on deep three-pointers as the Cavs lead ballooned out to nine, 84-75.
The Wizards went on a bit of a dry spell to start the fourth quarter. Shots that were falling early, stopped falling. Whenever the Wizards made a run at the lead, the Cavs would answer.
Even though the Wizards played one of their best games of the season, it wouldn’t be enough, as they’d fall 105-94.
Three-point shooting: The Wizards were 3-15 from three-point range tonight and hit just one three-pointer in the second half. Without Bradley Beal, the Wizards didn’t have any scoring threats from deep and the Cavs knew that, often batting them into threes.
On the other side, the Cavs knocked down 14 threes on 33 attempts. You aren’t going to win many games when you get outscored 42-9 from three-point range.
The jig is up for Marcus Thornton and Jason Smith:
Thornton and Smith have become major liabilities for this team. Thornton, getting the start due to Beal’s injury, scored just two points in 21 minutes on 0-5 shooting. He was yanked in the fourth quarter in favor of Sheldon McClellan. Smith was equally as bad as he didn’t score and gathered just three rebounds. Surprisingly, Andrew Nicholson logged his second straight DNP. Not sure what the coaching staff sees in Smith but there’s no way that they really think Smith is the better option over Nicholson right now.
John Wall’s lack of assists:
John Wall dished out just three assists tonight, the fewest of the season. It was clear that the Cavs were content with letting Wall score and take jump shots rather than creating for others since Beal was out. Wall was forced to carry this team offensively and at times, forced things resulting in six turnovers. It’s clear that Wall knows he has the weight of the world on his shoulders as there aren’t any scorers around him. And that’s not a good thing.