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Pregame: Wizards at Cavs

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Regular Season Game 15

Washington (6-8) at Cleveland (13-4)

December 1, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
TV: CSN Washington
Radio: 99.1FM


Last time they met was..

April 25, 2025 – Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland: Cavs 113, Wizards 208 (ot)
READ: The Wizards Season Finale in Cleveland: A Meaningless Game Full of Meaning


What to watch

Your blood pressure. Don’t look now (seriously, you may not want to look), but the Wizards currently sit at 12th in the Eastern Conference.

nba standings

I told you not to look. But IF you did look, then one thing you DEFINITELY do NOT want to do is look ahead at the upcoming schedule. Here’s their next 11 games.

wiz schedule

Yeahhhh…

And that stretch starts with the Cleveland Cavaliers, currently sitting at 13-4 atop the Eastern Conference, 9-0 at home, with LeBron doing his regular season stuff, Kevin Love doing his Minnesota stuff, and everyone else coming along for the ride. They rank 3rd in offensive rating, 5th in Net rating, 3rd in 3 pointers made per game, and 5th in assists per game. They are playing good, solid basketball, which is far more than the Wizards are doing right now.

During this current 4-game slide, the Wizards are shooting 37% as a team, committing 18 turnovers per game, and scoring just 88 points per game. Through 18 games, the WINLESS 76ers are shooting 41%, committing 19 turnovers, and scoring 91 points per game. So not only are the Wizards not playing winning caliber basketball, but they’re actually playing winless caliber basketball. They need to turn it around, NOW.


Key matchup

Jared Dudley and Kris Humphries vs. Kevin Love.

While the Wizards struggle to settle on their stretch 4 starter, the Cavs super stretch 4 is settling in. Kevin Love is averaging 20 points, 12 rebounds, and shooting 41% from three. He’s pulling in 3 offensive rebounds a game, a tremendous figure when you consider that he’s often out on the perimeter spacing the floor during a typical Cavaliers possession. He’s having fun again. Winning is fun. Anyone remember that feeling? No?


X-factor:

Mo Williams. Give credit to GM LeBron on this move. Bringing in Mo Williams as a guy who previously made an All-Star team playing with LeBron, and already has some chemistry with him is a good move. But what makes this a GREAT move is Mo’s similarity to Kyrie Irving: A scoring, shoot-first, 3-point shooting, slashing point guard who can get streaky and carry stretches of a game. He’s nowhere near Kyrie’s level, but his style is very similar, which is going to make the Cavs transition when Kyrie arrives a lot easier.

As for now, Williams is playing fantastic. In wins, Mo is averaging 15.3 points, 4.4 assists, shooting 51%, from the field, and 39% from three. In normal circumstances, we wouldn’t worry about Mo Williams. We’d know John Wall was about to strap him up, take it to him on the other end, and make play after play, demoralizing Mo until he wants to take his ball and go home. But these are not normal circumstances. Wall isn’t playing to his own MVP expectations, and has been outplayed recently by point guards we know are sub-Wall. If this point guard matchup goes the Cavs’ way, so will the game.


Fun factor:

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The mustache? The shorts? The hair? WTF?!


Prediction:

The Cavs are 9-0 at home. Make it a perfect 10.

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