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

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).