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Cleveland Slips By Inaccurate Bullets
2 November 1996. Cleveland Cavaliers 98, Washington Bullets 96 (OT) (record: 1-1)
Game leaders: Howard (21 points), Howard, Webber (9 rebounds), Strickland (6 assists)
Because I was out of town, I was unable to attend this game. However, this sounds exactly like the Cavaliers games of past years - excruciating slow, defensive oriented, lots of pick-and-rolls that the Bullets STILL haven't figured out how to defend.
Strickland Changes Agents Strickland has left his previous agent, Mark Termini, to join the ever growing stable of David Falk clients. Yes, the Bullets nemisis agent strikes again. Ugh!
I'm glad I wasn't there. Terrell Brandon had 31 points for the Cavaliers in an outstanding evening of play. This game probably should have never gone to overtime, provided the Bullets actually hit their free throws. They were 21 of 39 (53.8%) during the game; the 3 main culprits were Chris Webber (1 of 4), Juwan Howard (5 of 10), and Rod Strickland (6 of 14). The last two should at least be shooting around 70% (at a minimum). Buzz Braman, time to do your job.
One other note: in a pregame ceremony, the Bullets honored late assistant coach Derek Smith. Smith passed away this past August on a cruise ship. He would have turned 35 on November 1. His wife, Monica, and their children, Sydney and Nolan, were given flowers and Bullets jerseys.
Now let's just forget about this game and move on. At least the game was sold out (attendance 18, 756).
wtf 7 November 1996