When the leading scorer has only 11 points, you're not going to win many games in the NBA, and that was the case for the Wizards as they lost at Cleveland in the season opener. Jordan Crawford scored the 11 points and Emeka Okafor was the only other Wizard to get in double figures in the 94-84 loss.
Wizards’ rookie shooting guard Bradley Beal scored all 8 of his points in the first half but he only shot 2-8 from the field in his debut. Starting point guard A.J. Price seemed to force some bad shots, especially late in the game, finishing with 7 points on 2-13 shooting.
As a team, the Wizards shot 35 percent, missing 58 shots.
“That wasn’t the team I’ve seen the last four weeks,” Wizards' coach Randy Wittman said. “I watched them do things tonight that I didn’t ever see these guys do."
Without regular starters John Wall and Nene out due to injury, Wittman clearly needs to find a go-to scorer.
We know Crawford would like to be that guy but his shot selection was again an issue for the third-year shooting guard against Cleveland, as he hoisted up 13 shots and only made 4. Crawford was also 0-6 from three-point range.
Forward Trevor Ariza is capable of scoring the ball but he finished with only 9 points in his first game as a Wizard. "We’ve just got to play more aggressive and harder and more passion," Ariza said. "We’ve got to get these few days of practice and get better."
The Wizards host Boston Saturday night at Verizon Center in their home opener.