The Washington Wizards won a third consecutive preseason game Sunday 102-94 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, which rested LeBron James to recover from a left ankle injury.
Wizards head coach Scott Brooks decided to only play the starters in the first quarter after his counterpart Tyronn Lue chose to rest James and his main players.
Brooks said he’s still experimenting with who will start at power forward in place of Markieff Morris, who is expected out until early November after sports hernia surgery.
One player looking to fill that role is forward Mike Scott, who scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds in 21 minutes. However, he committed seven turnovers.
“I just got to take my time. Be strong and not settle for a lot of jumpers,” he said.
The Cavaliers switched on pick-and-roll plays and left smaller defenders on Scott, which he took advantage of several times on the block.
“I want them to switch on me,” he said. “They’re going to switch smaller guys on me and I’ve got to be able to punish them [in the post].”
One play got the arena buzzing for about a minute in the second quarter, but it came on a left-handed dunk on Wizards center Ian Mahinmi by former Georgetown Hoyas star and Prince George’s County native Jeff Green. Green, who led all scorers with 19 points, signed with the Cavaliers in July.
Wizards second-year player Sheldon Mac played about 10 minutes, but had to be carried off the floor the game with an apparent lower leg injury.
Although Mac didn’t figure to be a main contributor this season, he earned his teammates’ respect at training camp with his work on defense.
Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr., who started in Sunday’s game, said he stood above Mac and said a prayer for him.
“He’s a brother. Our hearts dropped when he went down on the floor,” Oubre said. “All we can do is just pray that he has a speedy recovery and continue to support him no matter what.”
Wizards All-Star guard John Wall didn’t speak with reporters after the game, but posted a message on Instagram late Sunday in support of Mac.
“This one hit home,” Wall wrote. “My little brother. My rookie. My road dawg. You will make a major comeback. I believe in you. I will make sure you do. Love you bro!!! The real will never lose!!”
Brooks said Mac will receive an MRI later on Sunday or Monday.
The Wizards will wrap up its preseason on the road against the New York Knicks and Miami Heat on Wednesday and Friday, respectively, before beginning the regular season at home against the Philadelphia 76ers on Oct. 18.