It's difficult to find anything to like in a game where the Cavs give up 109 points on 55 percent shooting in a five-point loss. The Wizards were able to get off easy layups, uncontested jump shots and perimeter defense was non-existent.
But circumstances have to be taken into consideration. LeBron James out with flu-like symptoms. Though not as impactful, so were Darnell Jackson and Coby Karl -same reason.
Mo Williams? Right groin problem. Danny Green? Right glute contusion. And, of course, there are ongoing issues with Delonte West.
Then Daniel Gibson and Anderson Varejao go down with injuries. Fun. Fun. Fun. Yes, it was a thoroughly enjoyable night at Quicken Loans Arena. And, yes, and I say this with all due sincerity - there were good moments. Laugh if you will, but it's not like it was the Browns beating the Buffalo Bills 6-3.
So with that heaping pile of bad, comes these facts:
Shaquille O'Neal can still dominate games. He wasn't the high scorer for the Cavs but he pushed around any Wizard that dare guard him, tallied 13 points and six rebounds in the process.
Jawad Williams, a back up forward, made the case for a roster spot with his 21-point performance that including 4-of-6 from the three-point line.
Andre Barrett will make it difficult for coach Mike Brown to cut him. He scored eight points, dished out eight assists, ran the offense well, played aggressive defense.
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