He addressed the team's rocky start on LeBron James' UNINTERRUPTED platform Thursday night. It's out of the question that Washington is among the top contenders in the East, but the Wizards are just 4-3 entering the matchup with the Cavaliers. "As a team, we were kind of like this. That's just the way I feel", Beal said Friday before the Wizards hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers (7 p.m. ET, ESPN). It was worse because it wasn't new guys, it was guys who had been around each other for four years in a row.
Addressing the media at the Cavaliers' practice facility, Wade said Cleveland's 3-5 start has revived memories of the Heat's run to the 2014 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, despite an uneven ride in the fourth season playing alongside Chris Bosh and current Cavaliers teammate LeBron James. Your jokes weren't amusing anymore to other guys. No one is more frustrated than you on the inside.
"I do love you guys and I appreciate you guys for ya'll support and everything, but that 20 points a game ain't gonna happen".
Wall ultimately stayed on the floor for the rest of the game, finishing with 13 points, 15 assists and six rebounds in 38 minutes of play. I see you guys, I hear you guys, I get it.
"That a year ago in Miami when we went to the Finals, I don't know how we made it", Wade said after practice Thursday.
Nevertheless, an aging JR Smith hasn't been able to make a true impact this season with mediocre averages of merely over 5 points per game, and with the Cavs still owning him over 14 million dollars, they should try to part ways with the troublemaker as soon as they have the chance to do so.