Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards gave the Cleveland Cavaliers too much to handle on Saturday, October 13 defeating them by the score of 99-95. Rookie guard Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 14 points on the night while Tristan Thompson shined for the Cavaliers scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 boards.
The player that could have been
There is no denying the Cavaliers coveted Bradley Beal. By the time the Cavs' No. 4 overall pick in the NBA draft came along, both Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Beal were off the board. They opted to go with Dion Waiters with that pick. Waiters was not a popular pick with the fans, but he was obviously the best shooting guard on the board with Beal gone. As he begins to experience success in the NBA, he will always be known as the player that could have been to Cleveland fans.
Beal had a great game for the Wizards logging 14 points, four rebounds, and three assists in 28 minute on the court. He shot 4-8 from the field and 5-7 from the line. It was an impressive performance to say the least for the budding star.
While Waiters was the star in the Cavaliers victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night, it was Tristan Thomas who shined on Saturday against Washington. Thompson logged a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds on the night. He shot 6-11 from the field and 6-7 from the line.
Thompson is one of they key players that will need to step up his game if the Cavaliers are to be successful this season. He was drafted high (No. 4 overall in 2011) meaning he has as high of expectations to live up to as Waiters. The pressure was certainly on Kyrie Irving last season and he excelled. Big things are expected for Thompson in his second season in the NBA.
Leuer impresses again
Every preseason there is at least one "bubble" player you push for to make the team. This season there are several but one that certainly stands out is Jon Leuer. While Leuer was not a high scorer in Saturday's game against the Wizards, he was responsible for 10 boards on the night. With Keleena Azuibuke waived on Sunday, he will just need to survive two more cuts with the roster currently at 17.
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