Dwyane Wade: 'Teams come in here to whip our butt'

Nov 04, 2017, 00:31
Dwyane Wade: 'Teams come in here to whip our butt'

"But like I said yesterday in media, it doesn't matter who's playing, you got to go out there and compete".

"We sat five starters, we came in against a full Cavaliers team", Calderon told ESPN, remembering one of the two Hawks victories.

Lue, along with his coaching staff, showed up to shootaround an hour early to take the swingman and center through the offense so they will be ready to contribute in the absence of Iman Shumpert (knee) and Tristan Thompson (calf). "I've got confidence in myself and my teammates and what we can bring to our team and what we can accomplish".

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The 24-year-old is now putting up career-best numbers with 18.7 points on 55.7 percent shooting from the field and 51.7 percent from beyond the arc, along with 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and a league-best 2.7 steals per game. They have been outscored by 55 points this season and are on a four-game losing streak.

The Cleveland Cavaliers (3-5) are now struggling out of the gate but will look to turn it around this Friday against the Washington Wizards (4-3) on a game that will be televised on ESPN. Four one of Cleveland's five losses this season came against teams with a losing record a year ago, including the 20-win Nets, 29-win Magic and 31-win Knicks. PF - Kelly Oubre Jr. "As a team, we were kind of like this".

John Wall, who's part of the MVP conversation, is averaging 21.6 points per game. The Cavaliers superstar has played 44 games against the Wizards, averaging 26.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.8 assists.

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Beal is a career 41.2 percent 3-point shooter against Cleveland and had a 41-point outburst last season.

Wade's comments imply there isn't a sense of desperation with the Cavaliers just yet, which is not surprising given the veterans they have on their team and their status as three-time defending conference champions. The Cavaliers then beat the Celtics in five games. Still, this is not a matchup that plays well for Cleveland given how Wall and Beal not only attack the basket but also how well they can shoot from the perimeter.

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