Podcap: Washington 119, Cleveland 95 (Or, Turnovers and Turkeys)

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.

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Simmo
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Simmo
2 months 6 days ago

My feels: Korver to Rockets, given Melo Drama.

Nate Smith
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Simmo
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Simmo
2 months 7 days ago

Yes it is. The Disease of Me – I honestly thought it would have come before now considering the egos in question. As great a player as Green is, he has always been the disruptive influence. I wonder if his finals suspension in 2016 still weighs on him, a stain on his hands that can never truly be washed away.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
2 months 7 days ago
Before tonight, Trae Young was shooting a sublime 41.1% from the field, a phenomenal 26.7% from three, and with an unbelievably good 51.2 TS%. Averaging 8.2 assists to four turnovers per game. Was 2-11 and 0-4 from three tonight with 5 assists and 5 turnovers. He is the future of the nba. So after tonight he will end up around 40% fg, 24% from three, and 50% TS. Two of his games came against the cavs, one of the worst defensive teams in the league. They were by far his best and most efficient games. Otherwise, those are some rookie Lonzo type numbers, without the excellent d Lonzo provided even in his rookie season. Although Lonzo shoots around 40% from three now and has all defensive potential. Hot take. Lonzo will have a better career because of his two way ability. For comparison, Sexton shoots 44% from the field and 50% from three on about 4.7 fewer attempts with a 53.2 TS% and averages 17.4 points/36 minutes to Youngs 20.8 points/36 minutes. Collin averages 2.4 turnovers to a measly 2.3 assists to Youngs 8.2 and 4 turnovers per game. Lonzo had a 1.7 BPM his rookie season (7.2 assists to… Read more »
MikeO
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MikeO
2 months 7 days ago

Yeah, Young isn’t good right now, which was predictable. But you can see the promise of his playmaking. He’s a project. He needs to stop taking so many terrible shots. This ain’t college anymore, bruh.

John B
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John B
2 months 7 days ago

I think that is a strategy. Extend the range to force teams to guard him way out so that he has some tiny chance of actually making it to and finishing at the bucket.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
2 months 7 days ago

In the last 8 games Collin is 10/15 from three, has nailed two threes in three straight games and has made a three in 7 of the last 8 games after only taking and missing all 5 threes in his first 6 games. Never took more than one three in a game in those first six.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
2 months 7 days ago

GREAT ANSWER MIKEO–( HOW ABOUT CANTON CHARGE —JUST FOR NATE’S SAKE )—–AM THINKING WARRIORS / LAKERS / 76ER’S / BLAZERS / HEARD HEAT —CLIPPERS MIGHT BE INTERESTED ———-AM SURE ALL TEAMS ARE SOMEWHAT HESITANT DUE TO THE DISRUPTION OF CHEMISTRY —LOCKEROOM—-TO THINK WE ALMOST TRADED KLOVE FOR HIM LESS THAN COUPLE YRS AGO —–WHEW DODGED THAT BULLET !!

MikeO
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MikeO
2 months 7 days ago

JRL
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JRL
2 months 7 days ago

What team could use him the most/best way?

MikeO
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MikeO
2 months 7 days ago

Shanghai Sharks, backcourt running mate with Jimmer Fredette.

(serious answer: probably a team like the Warriors as a bench guy…not clear at all that Melo understands what his role should be. I wouldn’t touch him)

JMay
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2 months 7 days ago

Ya, other side of the world is a good place for him.

MikeO
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MikeO
2 months 7 days ago

Tyus Jones was drafted by the Cavs and immediately sent to the Wolves. I liked him a lot as a potential good backup PG, and I was bummed that the Cavs couldn’t keep him. That’s part of the Lebron tax.

EvilGenius
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2 months 7 days ago

One draft pick… two sports…

NOMAD
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NOMAD
2 months 7 days ago

TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU JRL

JRL
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JRL
2 months 7 days ago

I think Zz’s biggest problem is a lack of a “pass first” PG. Since he usually plays with the second unit, he’s forced to screen for Clarkson and Sexton, both guys who love to shoot no matter what. So he’s not being helped nor used correctly. Had he been playing with Rubio or Rondo, I’m sure his numbers and confidence would grow.

This was a tired team on a back to back, led by a rookie and some guys who are still trying to figure out their game. Nothing to see here 😎

Nate Smith
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2 months 7 days ago

Definitely a let down game.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
2 months 7 days ago

NOT MAKING EXCUSES —-THINK THE BACK / BACK TOOK A TOLL ON THEM LAST NIGHT —–4 DAYS OF PRACTICE HOPEFULLY WILL ALLOW FOR RECOVERY / IMPROVEMENT—-CONCERNED WITH ‘ZZ’S ” PLAY OF LATE —-T.O’S –HOPING HIS CONFIDENCE HASN’T BEEN SHAKEN ——–WHETHER YOU ARE A FAN OF HIS OR NOT———UPSET WITH HIM LEAVING THE CAVS OR NOT————CONGRATS TO LEBRON FOR PASSING WILT ON ALL TIME SCORING LIST——WHAT HE IS DOING AT HIS AGE IS UNBELIEVABLE ——STILL THINK HE WILL WEAR A CAVS UNIFORM 1 MORE TIME BEFORE HE RETIRES !!

Raoul
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Raoul
2 months 7 days ago

I sorta watched the game in a bar, and was totally cheering for LeBron. He was looking good.

JMay
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2 months 7 days ago

Bah humbug. I can’t do it. Not in purple and gold. Maybe that makes me a small man but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Jason
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Jason
2 months 7 days ago

I always rooted for LA over Boston. When it was Kobe & Phil I switched to the Celts. If I have to choose now, LA for sure.

John B
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John B
2 months 7 days ago

Yeah I am not actively rooting against him, but I could care less if they do well.

JMay
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2 months 7 days ago

It irritates me that all the records he breaks will be for the Lakers now…

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