October 31, 2012 Wizards Drop Season Opener To Cleveland
The Washington Wizards embarked on their 2012-2013 campaign last night in Cleveland, Ohio.
That journey began with a loss at the hands of Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao who did whatever they wanted to do on the court last night with the Wiz Kids having little to no answer for them. Varejao finished with a career high 23 rebounds and Irving was dominant from the opening tip on his way to a 29 point, six rebound and three assist opener in a Cavaliers 94-84 victory over our Wizards.
Washington came into this game severely undermanned with John Wall and Nene both out nursing injuries, putting them behind the 8 ball early on. In their absence we saw a balanced Wizards attack that had 11 Wizards player score a field goal. Jordan Crawford led the way for Washington with 11 points off of the bench.
Bradley Beal came out firing in the first quarter knocking down two early three pointers before catching a cold spell from the field. The Wizards lottery selection finished with 8 points in his NBA debut. Despite not shooting as well as he is capable of Beal displayed his ability to create space against defenders to get clean looks at the basket which was a main reason why Ernie Grunfeld targeted him with the number three pick.
A couple of bright spots for the Wizards were Martell Webster and Earl Barron’s efforts off the bench. Both players went 4/6 from the field off the bench and helped spark the run that brought the Wizards back to briefly take the lead in the fourth quarter.
Ultimately, we know the Wizards comeback fell short but for a team without its best two players it was hard not to be proud of the effort made by Washington. Fighting back shows the type of grit the players on this roster are made of. At the very least we know we have a team that will compete night in and night out.
The Wizards get another crack at their first win of the season on Saturday as the Boston Celtics come to town to tip off basketball at the Verizon Center. Boston was run out of the gym by a Heat team that was missing LeBron James for the bulk of the second half last night so it will take another gritty and determined effort from this makeshift Wizards roster to have a shot at capturing the first victory of this season in front of the home faithful.