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Cavs Upend Wizards 105-94 Via 3-Point Barrage

Cavs 105
Celtics 94

November 11, 2016 – Verizon Center, Washington, DC

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The Washington Wizards were without Bradley Beal as he continued to deal with right hamstring tightness so it was up to John Wall to face off against the defending champions. That was not ideal.

The home team put up a valiant fight early with a 12-point advantage midway through the second quarter, but the Cavs chipped away. Cleveland took the lead before halftime and never relinquished it. Washington kept things from becoming a complete blow out but eventually fell 105-94 to the delight of approximately half of the Verizon Center crowd.


The Game’s Top Performer

Kelly Oubre Jr.

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If the game ended after the first half where John Wall finished with 23 points on 11 of 17 shooting then he would be more deserving of this spot, but six turnovers and a surprisingly low three assists rule him out.

Oubre on the other hand was an effective 5 of 8 shooting for 10 points, while grabbing six rebounds in 21 minutes of play. Scott Brooks praised the second-year forward’s play offensively and ability to stay locked in without getting consistent minutes during the season thus far. Oubre attributed his ability to stay focused to the simple fact that it his job to be ready whenever the coaches call his name. He added that even though there are many things he needs to work on, he is striving to be great.


A forgettable night for..

Marcus Thornton

With Beal unable to play, Scott Brooks tabbed the veteran guard to take his place in the starting lineup. That did not work out well.

Thornton was 0 of 5 from the field in nearly 21 minutes of play and contributed to the Cavaliers shooting 42.4 percent from beyond the arc with shaky defense. Brooks cut Thornton out of the rotation during the final 17 minutes of game time. Instead, rookie Sheldon McClellan played the entire fourth quarter at shooting guard. Brooks would not commit to Thornton starting tomorrow in Chicago if Beal is again unable to go.


Stat of the Night

January 10, 2014. 1,036 days ago, ONE THOUSAND AND THIRTY-SIX DAYS AGO. That is the last time that John Wall finished a game with three assists or fewer as he did tonight. For the fourth straight game, Wall has not recorded double-digit assists after doing so in his previous 15 contests dating back to last season. It is more concerning when Wall had six turnovers, but much of that is attributed to the Cavs doubling, tripling, and at times quadrupling the point guard in the second half. Markieff Morris made the valid point after the game to explain Washington needed Wall as more of a scorer tonight without Bradley Beal.

BONUS STAT: The Cleveland Cavaliers “Big Three” of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love scored 70 points, while the Washington Wizards starters only combined for 65.


Tweet of the Night


Quick Hits

• Midway through the fourth quarter, Brooks inserted Markieff Morris into the game … at center. In a lineup that also featured Wall, Burke, McClellan, and Oubre, the Wizards tried to matchup to the opposing team’s small ball lineup for the second week in a row. After the game Morris said he was comfortable with anything coach asks him to do especially in this case because he played the 5 in Phoenix and in college. Without Ian Mahinmi, Andrew Nicholson bumped from the rotation, and Jason Smith being ineffective, Morris could be Washington’s temporary solution to backup center. Mahinmi still has no timetable to practice, but is no longer sporting a bulky brace around his knee and broke a sweat warming up before the game.

Washington continues to get killed in the 3-point shooting department. A combination of them not making the deep ball and allowing opposing teams to drain them left and right makes it tough to win games. Tonight, Cleveland was 14 of 33 (42.4 percent) from the bonus sphere while Washington was a miserable 3 of 15 (20 percent). A THIRTY-THREE-point differential is hard to overcome. It was a problem last year and it is still a problem this year that will continue to plague the Wizards until they get it corrected.

For the second Saturday in a row, Tomas Satoransky will likely start for a rehabbing John Wall in the second leg of a back-to-back. He told me after the game “there’s a lot of things to improve” following his first start. The NBA rookie elaborated that he would like to improve the pace at which the team plays at when he is starting to better emulate Wall’s game. On the other hand, (and even though it may not show), Satoransky thinks the defense has been “much better the last three games.”

Highlights

Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for Hoop District covering the Wizards. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland, College Park. Neil also covers the Washington Redskins for Breaking Burgundy and Maryland Terrapins for Testudo Times. Neil previously covered the Wizards for District Sports Page and is looking forward to bring his in-person coverage to each of the loyal Hoop District followers.

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