Friday, 24 November, 2017

Washington Wizards Three Takeaways: Wizards Lose in a Shootout with the Cavaliers

John Wall and Bradley Beal John Wall Says Wizards 'Smell Blood' In Matchup With Cavaliers
Lillian Steele | 06 November, 2017, 01:56

Both teams were struggling heading into Friday's game as the Wizards only added to their woes, having now lost four of their last five. "I want to be as complete a basketball player as I can be". Everybody was playing. It's not like Bron [LeBron James] didn't play, Ky [Kyrie Irving] didn't play, Kev [Kevin Love] didn't play, like we were resting guys.

Beal's comments on The Jump on Friday weren't as pointed as they were in May, but he echoed the same extreme confidence in his team.

All that talk about being the best team ended after the Wizards gave up 74 points in the first half.

The incident, which Wizards guard Bradley Beal initiated against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green by grabbing him around the neck, occurred with 19.5 seconds remaining in the second quarter of the Warriors' 120-117 win over the Wizards on Friday, Oct. 27 at Oracle Arena. I mean, you have a young backcourt still. I'm not going to sit here and do that. So that's kind of how we go back and forth.

Given how early it is in the season, and how important Wall is to the team's success, it's not surprising that the Wizards have chose to play this safe and hold Wall out for a while.

"It's going to be basically me and Brad leading, not even offensively - we can do that", Wall said.

"He had an awesome game, but at the same time, we got to respect what he does and what he brings to the game". "I have so much more on my plate right now".

Whether the playoff theory is accurate or not, the Wizards believe it but it probably is something they should keep to themselves, because the last thing you need to be giving the greatest player of all time is motivation.

No matter the various ways James picked apart the Wizards' defense like he was going up against ninth graders, shooting multiple fadeaway jumpers like it was nothing, let's zero in on the fact he shot two air-balls late in the game after playing 43 minutes! "It's just, that's amusing".

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