Wizards 101, Cavs 82
at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati
The Cavaliers looked very good in the first half and led, 53-41, at halftime. Things changed in the second half when the Cavs were outscored, 60-29.
The following are some observations from the game:
--Six key players were held out of the game by the Cavs. Coach Mike Brown said he was just resting Dion Waiters in Columbus on Tuesday. It turns out he has an ankle injury. He said he'd be back by the home opener on Oct. 30.
--C.J. Miles was also held out of the game. He started in the Columbus game. Is his sore left leg acting up? Who knows?
--Jarrett Jack made his first start of the preseason against the Wizards. He had five points and five assists in the first half. Brown sat him in the second half. He needs to get in some kind of rhythm at some point. His preseason has been a washout thus far. He missed four games with an inflamed knee. He's going to play a key role for the Cavs. He needs to get some momentum for the start of the season.
--One person who is ready for the regular season is power forward Tristan Thompson, who had 17 points and 14 rebounds in 27 minutes. He has averaged 15 rebounds in his last two games.
--I know everyone is raving about Matthew Dellavedova, but he continues to turn the ball over at an alarming rate. He had 6 turnovers on Wednesday. I'm not sure how he's going to hold up against teams that put tight pressure on him.
--Wizards power forward Al Harrington started his team's comeback and finished with 17 points and seven rebounds. He could be a good addition to Randy Wittman's club.
--I've got to tell you, Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal looks like a different player. He's shooting the ball with confidence and had a game-high 21 points.
--This is a team that will battle for a playoff spot, along with the Cavs. Not much is separating the two teams, other than perhaps coaching.
--The Cavs have their first back-to-back set on Thursday in Charlotte. The Cavs need a win to finish above .500 in the preseason.