Wizards HC Scott Brooks left second-stringers to play garbage time out of frustration over starters’ effort
Per Fred Katz of the Athletic, Washington Wizards head coach kept the backups on the floor at the end of the game for a certain reason. His starters had shown a lack of effort all game, and this was his way of sending his message of disappointment.
Scott Brooks said he kept the garbage time lineup on the floor for the last play because the starters didn’t play hard enough.
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) January 30, 2019
The Wizards ended up losing the contest by a score of 106-103. This is a very underwhelming loss for the team. The Cavaliers are one of the worst teams in the entire league and the loss only worsened their chances at a high lottery pick this year’s draft.
The only player that looked fully engaged for the Wizards was guard Bradley Beal, who dropped 31 points on 10-of-20 shooting. He grabbed four rebounds and dished out seven assists. Only three other people scored in double digits for Washington. Trevor Ariza had 13 points. Otto Porter had 11, Gary Payton III added 11, and Jordan McRae led bench scorers with 15. A lot of those points were uncontested in garbage time.
For the Cavaliers, their up and coming forward Cedi Osman had a huge game. He scored 26 points on 10 of 16 shooting along with five rebounds and seven assists. Jordan Clarkson off the bench scored 28 as well. Ante Zizic was also able to add 12 points and 12 total rebounds. Overall, it seemed that Cleveland gave more effort into the game earning them the win.
The Washington Wizards are now 21-29 and sit 11th overall in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. They will face off next against the Indiana Pacers at home this upcoming Tuesday.