A spotty performance for the Cavs for the first half, and simply terrible in the second, when put together makes for one of the most embarrassing losses the Cavs can suffer, a loss to a weak team. Antawn Jamisons first game of the year and what a game it was for him, dropping a double-double on the Cavs. To say the Cavs missed Andy and Shaq, would be an understatement. Although a surprise appearance from Jamario Moon, who was expected not to play tonight. The Wizards ability to get to the line tonight was a huge advantage for them, and Mike Millers performance was a big time help for them. The Cavs big men had some foul trouble and J.J Hickson almost disappeared from the stat sheet tonight. Nothing good happened for the Cavs, the guards shot poorly, the big men fouled everything that moved and the team as a whole got out rebounded by double digits. A couple of questionable calls certainly didn’t help Cleveland, but it certainly wasn’t to blame for their abysmal performance. Neither team ended up shooting well, but Cleveland seemingly refused to defend anyone all night. The Cavs were SO bad tonight that my favorite part of the game was the commercial for ‘The Blindside’ that played towards the end of the 4th quarter.
Cavs-Wizards By The Numbers:
Cleveland 91-108 Washington
31-10 – Jamison had 31 points and 10 rebounds in his season debut.
.886 – The Wizards FT%, not as high as the Cavs (.933) but it produced more than twice as many points.
14 – The difference in rebounds between the two teams, the Wizards had more 49-35
2-13 – That’s how well Mo Williams shot.
2 – The number of quarters that the Cavs scored less than 20 points in, and the number of quarters Washington scored more than 30.
26 – The number of times I swore under my breath at Mike Brown for mishandling the Cavs roster, again.
Points: LeBron James 34, Antawn Jamison 31
Assists: LeBron James 9, Gilbert Arenas 8
Rebounds: Zydrunas Illgauskas 9, Brendan Haywood 13
Player of the Game:
Antawn Jamison, 31 PTS, 10 REB, 12-22 FG, 2-7 3PT, 5-6 FT
Goat of the Game:
Mo Williams, 6 PTS, 6 AST, 2-13 FG, 0-3 3PT, 2-2 FT
What’s Up Ahead:
The Cavs are now 8-4 and will play at Indiana on Friday night.
The Wizards are now 3-7 and will be in Oklahoma City this Friday.