Cleveland (3-7) at Washington (2-6)
November 16, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
TV: CSN Washington
Radio: 106.7FM The Fan
Projected starting lineups:
C- Marcin Gortat, PF- Nene, SF- Martell Webster, SG- Bradley Beal, PG- John Wall
C – Anderson Varejao, PF- Tristan Thompson, SF- Earl Clark, SG- C.J. Miles, PG- Kyrie Irving
John Wall v. Kyrie Irving
I would be remiss to pick any other match-up in a Wizards-Cavs battle where these two guys are healthy. What’s disappointing tonight is that we won’t get the Wall/Irving, Beal/Waiters match-up with Waiters out due to illness. Both point guards are struggling shooting from the field this season as neither guy is shooting over 38%. But what’s probably more surprising is that Wall is shooting a higher 3-point percentage than Irving.
Kyrie has always been known as the better scorer/shooter than Wall, while Wall is known as the more “pure point guard”. But so far this year, Kyrie is doing a better job of distributing the basketball than his previous two seasons, however just like for Wall, it’s not resulting in team victories.
Surprisingly, this will only be the third meeting between these two players in three years and in one of those matchups, Irving only played 10 minutes– all in the 1st quarter. Wall dominated the previous two matchups, both resulting in Wizards wins. Wall averages 22.5 ppg, 9 apg, 6 rebounds & 4.5 steals in the head to head battle. Seems as if Wall likes to prove something against Irving.