April 14th Game Recap: Wizards vs. Cavs
The Wizards were within striking distance for much of the second half, but they could not make the run needed as they fell 98-89 to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night at Verizon Center.
After winning two games earlier in the week, this was a frustrating game for the Wizards as they were coming off their largest loss of the season on Friday night in New York.
John Wall played well and seemed to have his shooting stroke back, as he led the team with 19 points and 9 assists.
Jordan Crawford added 18, Kevin Seraphin had 15, and James Singleton had 13 off the bench.
Jan Vesely had his second career double-double, tallying 11 points and 11 boards.
Next, the Wizards travel to Chicago to play the Eastern Conference leading Bulls on Monday night.
WIZARDS GUARD JOHN WALL:
On Donald Sloan:
“We already knew he could play. He made a lot of contested jump shots. He ran his team and they came away with the win.”
On back-to-back losses:
“I think everyone was mad about last night’s game. We had another game to play, we came out to play but we didn’t come out with any energy and they got what they wanted whenever they wanted.”
On finishing the season:
“I know if you play the game of basketball you might be tired but you have to continue and finish the season out strong. I don’t know how a lot of guys are feeling right now or how they are, but I know the last two games all of us have been mad about losing.”
On his performance:
“It was a loss so it really doesn’t matter how well I played. I did a good job not turning the ball over tonight, but we still came out with a loss and that’s the most disappointing thing.”
WIZARDS GUARD JORDAN CRAWFORD:
On moving forward:
“We didn’t come out with enough energy. You still have to come out and do your job. If you have bad days at work you still have to come out and put all your energy into it, so it’s no excuse.”
WIZARDS HEAD COACH RANDY WITTMAN:
On the game:
“We got off to a rough start in that first quarter. We missed some easy shot. They shot 67 percent in the first half. We never had any control of the game. We were playing from behind the whole game. Our focus tonight coming out of timeouts wasn’t very good. We didn’t have a sense of urgency.”
On the Wizards’ bench:
“The first half they went scoreless. In the second half they responded a bit. James (Singleton) came in and played well. I’m not sure why they struggled early but that hurt us.”
On Luke Harangody:
“Well he’s been in the league a few years. He played in Boston, he can play. He made some shots and played well. You take your hat off to him.”