The Cavs came out lifeless to the Wizards tonight in a loss. On first look the 119-95 score looks a lot worse than it is. The Cavs were tired after a great win against Charlotte and it showed. They got sloppy with the ball turning it over 24 times giving 29 easy points to the Wizards, who ran the floor every chance they got.
Aside from the turnovers, the game could have been competitive. The Wizards shot 44-92 (47.8%) from the floor while the Cavs shot 35-77 (45.5%). The Wizards more than doubled up the Cavs 3s hitting 13-41. This young group now knows you can only get points for the shots you take.
Collin Sexton showed some poise leading the Cavs with 24 points on 9-16 shooting to go with two assists and four turnovers. Larry Nance chipped in 10 points, six boards, five assists, and three give aways.
The Wizards grabbed an early lead behind the efforts of Otto Porter Jr. who grabbed 15 points, 11 of which came in the first as no one on the Cavs could follow him around a screen. Bradley Beal had 20 points and John Wall led the Wizards in assists with nine.
The Cavs had moments where it seemed like things would turn around, but then they’d blow their momentum in the span of one play. Late in the first with the Cavs down 10. Larry Nance snaked a pass from Bradley Beal and the ball found it’s way to David Nwaba, who had 11 points on the night, for a dunk.
Right after the dead ball, Beal ran down court for a dunk.
The next play Sexton turned the ball over and Beal completed a four point play.
Sometimes, that’s just how the night goes. After cutting the Wizards lead to 13 in the third, the Cavs couldn’t get any closer.
Nate Smith and David Wood hopped in the podcast booth to discuss this Wizards game and the Cavs development over the past couple games. They then touched on the NBA at large, who the Cavs might trade first, some G-League Action, the Cavs front office, and who the the Cavs might get in trades this season. And, they covered their preferred turkey making methods.