Washington Wizards vs Cleveland Cavaliers Preview
Wizards 2-0 vs Cavs 1-1
When: Sunday, October 23rd, at 7:00p.m.
Where: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland, OH
TV: NBATV, NBCS Washington, Bally Sports Ohio
Radio: WTEM, WTAM/ WMMS/ WNZN
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Wizards: Vernon Carey Jr (Questionable/ Concussion Protocol), Corey Kispert (Out/ Left Ankle Sprain)
Cavs: Darius Garland (Out/ Left Eye Laceration), Ricky Rubio (Out/ Left Knee ACL Surgery), Dylan Windler (Out/ Right Ankle Sprain)
Keep an eye on:
Brad Beal: continuing to do what he's done over the first two games, which is play near flawless basketball. If you have to nitpick, sure, he has to improve his 3-point shooting (33%) and cut down his turnovers (4.0 per game). However, his activity defensively and all around impact offensively has been outstanding thus far.
Wizards Bench Production: has been huge so far this season. The Wizards reserves average 35.5 points (14th in the NBA), 17 rebounds ( 13th in the NBA), 4 steals (3rd in the NBA) and 3.5 blocks (2nd in the NBA) per game, on, 48.5 percent shooting from the field and 90 percent from the charity stripe. The only negative has been the turnovers, where they rank second with 8 turnovers a game. Cutting down the turnovers and continuing to bring the consistent, efficient level of production, especially defensively will be tough for Cleveland to match, and could be the x-factor in tonights contest.
Donovan Mitchell: has been TORCHING the league, averaging 31.5 points, 8.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals on a RIDICULOUS 55 percent shooting from the field, 42 percent from 3-point range and 86 percent from the free throw line AND.....he isn't turning the ball over a lot. Washington can't make ANY mistakes tonight with Mitchell, make him earn everything or it's guaranteed to be a LONG NIGHT.
3-point shooting: is common sense. The Cavs are tops in the league in 3-point shooting, hitting 47.3 percent from deep. Wizards have to contest every shot and run them off the line and make them do something else, simple as that.