Morning tip: Wizards-Cavaliers preview

Morning tip: Wizards-Cavaliers preview
October 23, 2013, 9:45 am
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Washington Wizards center Nene (42) grabs a loose ball defended by Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) during the first half at the Verizon Center.

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ON TAP, the Wizards play their last preseason game. So far their only victory has come against the Miami Heat in six games. ...

at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati

TV: None. Radio: 106.7 The Fan.

Last game: Lost to the Detroit Pistons 99-96 on Tuesday at Palace of Auburn Hills.

Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Bradley Beal, SF Trevor Ariza, PF Trevor Booker, C Nene. Cavaliers –- PG Kyrie Irving, SG Dion Waiters, SF Earl Clark, PF Tristan Thompson, C Anderson Varejao.

What to look for: 1). How much, or long, if at all, Wall and Irving will face each other? 2).  Can the Wizards get more scoring from their starting Fs? 3) Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 pick in the draft, has been coming off the bench. 4). Will the Wizards' three-point shooting get better? Went 3-for-16 vs. Detroit and has been miserable all preseason. 5). C Kevin Seraphin. He flourished in the fourth quarter against Detroit's starters. As long as he can produce on both ends off the bench the Wizards have a chance to compete inside. 

X-factors: With the regular season coming up next week, don't expect the starters to log significant minutes unless there are conditioning issues … In the loss to Detroit, the Wizards again won the rebounding battle 43-39. Not having Okafor hasn't hurt them in this category. ... Al Harrington sat out the last game. ... The Wizards only had 10 turnovers but still trailed by as many as 22 points. 

He said it: "That was an embarrassment." -- coach Randy Wittman told reporters after the loss in Detroit. 

Around the bend: The Wizards returned after the game, will be off Thursday and back practicing at Verizon Center on Friday until leaving for the season opener in Detroit on Oct. 30.