The Washington Wizards (23-58) will close out the 2010-11 season tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers with hopes of adding another win against one of the few teams in the league with a worse record than their own.
The Cavaliers (18-63) are just one game better than the Minnesota Timberwolves (17-64) with whom they could tie for league’s worst mark. The T’Wolves close their season tonight against the Houston Rockets.
The Wizards lead the season series 2-1 over the Cavaliers, with the last victory coming on April 1, a 115-107 win which might be best remembered as the game John Wall missed while serving a one game suspension for an altercation with Miami Heat Center Zydrunas Ilgauskas the previous night.
It was also a memorable night for rookie guard Jordan Crawford, who recorded his first career triple-double with 21 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds; and for Andray Blatche who matched his career high with 36 points and tied a franchise record with 16 offensive rebounds, 19 in total.
Wizards reserve Othyus Jeffers, who has provided the team with energy and hustle and a huge spark off the bench since being called up from the D-League’s Iowa Energy, jokingly compared Blatche to Moses Malone for his performance that night.
“Dray was rebounding his own misses. I told him to go for 30 and 30, but I guess he ran out of gas,” Jeffers said with a laugh. Jeffers scored 13 points and pulled down four rebounds in the April 1 contest.
Blatche has had a stellar month of April, averaging 24 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2 steals. In the three games against the Cavaliers, Blatche has averaged 23 points, 14 rebounds and 3.7 assists. But even against an opponent like the Cavaliers, playing in their home finale, there are no easy victories.
“This is big for us, because we still have a lot of pride,” said Cavs forward J.J. Hickson.
“We are hoping to build some momentum going into next season. We have a young core group on this team and it is going to be fun playing with them next season.”
Wizards vs. Cavaliers tip off for the final time this season tonight at 8 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.