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Friday, November 21, 2014

Cavs at Wizards

Verizon Center
Radio: WTAM-AM 1100, WMMS-FM 100.7, La Mega-FM 97.7
TV: Fox Sports Ohio, ESPN

QUICK SHOTS: 1. The Cavaliers are a sub-.500 team. Yes, I'm aware they are just 11 games into the season. The Cavaliers just aren't gelling like many thought they would. "It's just Game 11," apologists will say. How long are you going to use that excuse? It's Coach David Blatt's job to get this mess straightened out. Thus far, he's been a bit lacking in the leadership department. Patience is starting to run thin. This thing is starting to get away from them.

2. The Wizards are undoubtedly one of the top four teams in the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers are going to see one of the other four Saturday when they play host to Toronto. Heck, for all we know, they could lose that one, too. Washington is a possible second-round playoff foe for the Cavaliers. If that happens, that would be a difficult series. Unlike in 2006, 2007 and 2008, the Wizards are capable of actually beating the Cavaliers in the playoffs. They are 5-0 vs. East teams at home this year.

3. The Cavaliers - more specifically Blatt - has to figure out a way to take advantage of Kevin Love's vast talent. Thus far, he's been a little above mediocre. He's shooting 38 percent from the field and is averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds. Those are Drew Gooden numbers. Not necessarily Kevin Love numbers.

4. The Kyrie Irving-John Wall match-up was one to keep your eye on. Irving has scored 20 or more points in six consecutive games. He's averaging 23.7 points in that six-game span. Wall is averaging 24 points, 10.2 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 2.9 steals in five games at Verizon Center this season. He leads all NBA guards with seven double-doubles, including five at home. Irving is the better jump shooter of the pair, but Wall is more athletic and a better playmaker. Wall was the best player on the court with a game-high 28 points, six rebounds, seven assists and four steals. He was 12 of 20 from the field.

5. The Cavaliers' bigs were totally outplayed by backup Kevin Seraphin, who finished with 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Some might not have heard of him, but they did after Friday's game. He was very good around the basket.

UP NEXT: vs. Toronto, Quicken Loans Arena, 7:30 p.m. Saturday

SF LeBron James (6-8, 250) vs. Paul Pierce (6-8, 230)
PF Kevin Love (6-10, 243) vs. Nene (6-11, 250)
C Anderson Varejao (6-11, 267) vs. Marcin Gortat (6-11, 240)
SG Shawn Marion (6-7, 228) vs. Garrett Temple (6-6, 195)
PG Kyrie Irving (6-3, 193) vs. John Wall (6-4, 207)
Cavs - G Matthew Dellavedova, C Alex Kirk
Wizards - G/F Martell Webster, G Glen Rice
Ron Garretson, Sean Corbin, Justin Van Duyne


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