Game On: Wizards-Cavaliers preview

Game On: Wizards-Cavaliers preview
November 20, 2013, 11:30 am
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Highlights: Wizards hold on vs. T'Wolves

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving passes the ball defended by Washington Wizards point guard John Wall during the second half at the Verizon Center. The Wizards defeated the Cavaliers 101 - 98.

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Now that Washington (3-7) has ended a four-game losing streak, it would love nothing more than to right a previous wrong from five days ago when it blew a 15-point lead and lost to Cleveland (4-7).

TV: CSN, 7 p.m. ET at Quicken Loans Arena. Pregame show, Wizards Central, is at 6:30 and postgame show comes immediately after completion. Radio: 1500 AM.

Last game: Beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-100 on Tuesday; Cleveland (4-7) won at Wizards 103-96 in overtime on Saturday.

Last meeting: Kyrie Irving went for a game-high 41 points, 18 of them in the fourth quarter and overtime, to bring back the Cavaliers. 

Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Bradley Beal, SF Martell Webster, PF Nene, C Marcin Gortat. Cavaliers –- PG Irving, SG C.J. Miles, SF Earl Clark, PF Tristian Thompson C Andrew Bynum.

[RELATED: Instant analysis: Wizards 104, Timberwolves 100 ]

Entry passes: 1). Can the post players keep Thompson off the glass this time?  2). Will Wall do a better job containing Irving? 3). Will Clark get the same wide-open looks? 4). Is Webster finally back to last season's form? 5). Is Nene over the injury hump?

X-factors: Jan Vesely played solid for his second game in a row, making all four shots, grabbing six rebounds and contributing to a strong defensive effort in the second half to beat Minnesota. ... Garrett Temple agitated Irving in their first meeting because of his length and size at 6-6, and it only was when Temple exited the game that he got hot. 

He said it: “We've played 10 games now. It's proven when we do it (play defense), we are pretty solid. That's the defensive team I saw last year in the second half (of the season).” -- Wizards coach Randy Wittman on his team's comeback win and holding the Timberwolves to 37 second-half points. 

Around the bend: The Wizards head to Toronto where they'll spend Thursday and play Friday (CSN+, 7 p.m. ET). They'll return immediately after that game for Saturday's matchup vs. the New York Knicks at Verizon Center (CSN, 7).

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