Wall, 27, is averaging 21.6 points and 9.7 assists per game through the first eight matchups this season. If this pace is maintained, he should easily become the youngest to score 30,000 points and climb much further up the chart in career points well beyond his ninth overall ranking.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue offered a sarcastic response to the comments following the Cavs' win: "They're right: They are the best team in the East". Now Washington's leaders, John Wall and Bradley Beal, are doubling down on prior statements implying the Cavs ducked the Wizards a year ago by intentionally avoiding the #1 seed.
The under has been a good play in recent meetings between these two teams and that should be the case here. F Otto Porter Jr. returned to the starting lineup after missing one game because of an illness.
Smith said the Cavs didn't discuss the Wizards' barbs in the locker room before the game, but they clearly resonated to some degree. The Hawks entered Friday with the worst record in the Eastern Conference.
DeRozan scored 17 points in the third quarter Friday and then the Raptors' defense stepped up for the stretch run, limiting Utah to five field goals on its final 20 attempts.
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Jodie Meeks, Mike Scott, and Kelly Oubre have all been great bench players for the Wizards.
James, who is in his 15th National Basketball Association season, finished just four points shy of his career-high 61 set in 2014 against the Charlotte Bobcats.
Now, this isn't a shot at Tim Frazier, nor is this is a claim that Frazier isn't playing as hard as the other guys mentioned above, but let's be real, he's played poorly in his time with the Wizards. The over went 2-1. His struggles date back to the beginning of the season and have continued to be a concern for the fans and the organization. According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Wall's X-rays came back negative, but his game-play status against the Toronto Raptors Tuesday is uncertain.
Frazier's numbers are nearly the exact opposite of Wall's - not surprising as he's the backup point guard - so Washington will need him to step up in a big way and facilitate the offense with the starting unit (which should help him).