Published: Mon, November 06, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

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

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

Even from James' rookie season, Bayless was in opposition of the amount of hype LeBron was receiving straight out of high school and told everyone he'd never live up to it.

Wall finished with 13 points, 15 assists and six rebounds on Friday night.

James hadn't scored this much since getting a career-high 61 for the Miami Heat on March 3, 2014, against the Charlotte Hornets. The Cavs might indeed think the Wizards are the best competition for them in the East. Now Washington's leaders, John Wall and Bradley Beal, are doubling down on prior statements implying the Cavs ducked the Wizards past year by intentionally avoiding the #1 seed.

"We've been going for two weeks ... but to finish like this is going to do a lot for our confidence", said DeMar DeRozan, who scored a season-best 37 points Friday. Beal, who is averaging 22.4 points, was just 6-of-24 from beyond the arc in the first six games. F Otto Porter Jr. returned to the starting lineup after missing one game because of an illness.

Wall said the Wizards will be faced with a similar challenge. If he can't show up in big games like these, it makes many wonder whether the Wizards seriously have the ability to make it past the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

To add insult to injury, Wall spoke with ESPN's Rachel Nichols before Friday's game and said he believes the Cavaliers intentionally dropped games during the end of last year's regular season to avoid matching up with the Wizards in second round of the playoffs.

You can see Beal try to suppress a smile as Wall dives into the talking point.

The Cavaliers methodically increased the margin to 17 at 92-75 on Kyle Korver's 3-pointer with 4:55 remaining in the third quarter. They did have forward Markieff Morris back on Friday and he had two points with four rebounds and three assists in 14 minutes.

Jodie Meeks, Mike Scott, and Kelly Oubre have all been great bench players for the Wizards. The Cavs shot 77.3 percent, the Wizards 66.7.

This isn't the first game Frazier's struggled either. Hopefully, he can turn things around. Still, it will cost him at least Sunday's game and his next opportunity to play will be Tuesday against the Mavericks.

Should Wall be unable to play Sunday, backup point guard Tim Frazier stands to see a significant increase in minutes.

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