October 17, 2019

Washington Wizards Game 61 Recap: Cavs blow out the Wiz who fail to get over .500 hump, again

When the Cleveland Cavaliers visited the Washington Wizards last Sunday, it was no contest with LeBron James getting the day off. Tonight the defending Eastern Conference champions had another member of their “Big Three” sit with Kevin Love sitting. Washington kept things competitive in the first quarter on national television but it was no contest the rest of the way. Cleveland got a balanced scoring performance with six players in double figures while Washington saw players not named John Wall shot 36.9 percent from the floor. Washington has not been over the .500 mark since two games before Thanksgiving on November 24th and that streak continued tonight with a 108-83 loss.

It was an evenly matched game early on as both teams missed their first three shots each before the game being tied at 6 apiece with 7:33 left in the quarter. Bradley Beal came into the game for a struggling Garrett Temple, but immediately committed back-to-back turnovers leading to run out James dunks. As a part of Cleveland’s 8-0 run, Randy Wittman burned a timeout when Washington got down 16-7. While John Wall sat with two personal fouls, Beal attempted to make up for his early woes with eight points in the quarter including two from beyond the arc. Kyrie Irving had eight points of his own which secured the Cavaliers 27-23 lead after one quarter of play.

Surprisingly, Washington’s deficit grew with James sitting on the Cleveland bench. The Cavs opened up an eleven point lead before John Wall started to take over things with back-to-back midrange jumpers. The DC all-star started 6 of 7 from the field to make up for lost time on the bench. With Washington back within 7, Cleveland went on a 10-2 run culminating with back-to-back 3-pointers from James (was in a shooting slump from deep) and Irving. With ten first half turnovers and 50 percent (24 of 48) shooting from the field, Washington found themselves in a huge hole at halftime, 59-42.

(Photo by: @SPORTalkWizards)

(Photo by: @SPORTalkWizards)

Since the fourth quarter was the least of Washington’s worries down 17, Wittman decided to make the move to start Bradley Beal over Garrett Temple in the second half. Cleveland had gone nearly five minutes with just two points before back-to-back Kyrie Irving triples pushed the Cavs lead back up to 17. Markieff Morris started to get things going by hitting four straight shots, but it was all for nothing as Washington was not competitive on the other end of the floor. Headed into the fourth quarter the final result was quite certain with Cleveland up 83-63.

When Beal checked out with seven minutes to play in the quarter, Washington finally waved the white flag with bench reserves in the game. It is no shame in getting blown out on the road against the Eastern Conference’s best team and Wittman would have probably been wise to pull the plug even earlier. JJ Hickson got in some valuable playing time in an effort to increase his comfort with the terminology of the team. That was probably the only positive one could even reach for in tonight’s game as Washington got blown out on the road 108-83.

The Wizards will return to the DC area tonight ahead of a Saturday night showdown with Paul George’s Indiana Pacers.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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