Game On: Wizards-Cavaliers preview

Game On: Wizards-Cavaliers preview
November 16, 2013, 6:00 am
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WIz finish frustrating road trip on low note

The Wizards (2-6) are banged up physically and are in a bit of turmoil as they try to end their second three-game losing streak of the season.

TV: CSN, 7 p.m. ET at Verizon Center. Radio: 1500 AM. 106.7 FM.

Last game: Lost at the San Antonio Spurs 92-79 on Wednesday; Cleveland (3-7) fell 86-80 at home to the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday.

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Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Bradley Beal, SF Martell Webster, PF Nene, C Marcin Gortat. Cavaliers –- PG Kyrie Irving, SG Dion Waiters, SF Alonzo Gee, PF Tristan Thompson C Anderson Varejao.

Entry passes: 1). Can the Wizards win with Wall taking 18-20 shots per game? 2). Will Jan Vesely and Glen Rice get meaningful minutes again? 3). Will the Wizards be more productive with Webster in the starting lineup? 4). Will Nene's remarks about young teammates galvanize or hinder them going forward? 5). Can they keep the Cavs, who are playing the second game of a back-to-back, from reaching 100 points?

X-factors: SF Trevor Ariza (right hamstring) won't play as the Wizards already have two other Forwards (Otto Porter and Chris Singleton) out with injuries, and a third in Al Harrington (right knee), unlikely to play. ... Irving, who is shooting less than 40% for the season, is playing with a protective mask because of a broken nose.  

He said it: “On this road trip we gave up three games we were definitely capable of winning. ... We put ourselves in position to win each and every game we played on this road trip. It's all about us executing down the stretch, getting stops. ... Be a man about it and hold each other accountable for things like that. Once we do that, then we'll be a better team.” -- Beal

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Around the bend: The Wizards practiced Friday morning at Verizon Center and will shootaround early Saturday before tipoff.