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.
Nene has got a lot of public attention this week after calling out his younger teammates, while coming off a week in which he himself was ejected from one game, then the next game turned the ball over six times and missed six free throws, and followed that up with a stinker 4 point/2 rebound performance. It will be interesting to see if the “younger guys” come out and play with a chip on their shoulder in response to Nene’s comments, but also eyes will be on Nene to see if he can lead by example. You think your teammates aren’t playing hard? Make them follow your lead vet.
Post Play. The Wizards have lost quite a few games this year due to points allowed in the paint. They’re ranked 28th in the NBA in that category, but their opponent the Cavs are ranked dead last in points in the paint scored this year. If the Cavs can continue to struggle to score in the paint, even against a Wizards team that’s giving up a lot of points in that area, the Wizards chances of winning will be very high in this game.
What happened last time they played?
The Cavs beat the Wizards 95-90 despite Kyrie Irving missing the game with a sprained shoulder. They were led by NBA journeyman Shaun Livingston who kept the offense fluid throughout the game. Dion Waiters lived at the free throw line shooting 10-14. The Wizards looked like they were going to cruise in this game, jumping out to a 13 points 1st quarter lead, but the Cavs walked them down in the second quarter. This game was the start of a very dominant stretch by John Wall where he tallied 27 points 14 assists and 7 rebounds. Wall would average 24.3 ppg, and 8.2 apg starting from this game until the end of the year.
For the Cavs, starting SG Dion Waiters is out with an illness. For the Wizards, Trevor Ariza (hamstring) and Al Harrington (knee) are out for tonight. Chris Singleton and of course Otto Porter are injured and out. John Wall was poked in the eye Wednesday night and missed the 4th quarter against the Spurs, but will play tonight.
The Wizards, returning home after an 0-3 road swing against 3 potential playoff teams, get an equally struggling Cavs team. Both teams are missing two contributing starters, but in this game I think the Cavs will miss Waiters more for his scoring than the Wizards will miss Ariza for his defense. Irving doesn’t have much offensive help around him, and the Wizards will prevail at home.