After beating the pathetic Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night, the Wizards will try to win their fifth straight game when they go to Cleveland tonight.
Coming off a blow out loss to the Knicks, the Wizards met the Cavaliers on April 14, where the Wizards lost 98-89. Although Kyrie Irving didn’t play, the Cavaliers received a spark from their D-League call ups, Luke Harangody and Donald Sloan. Harangody finished off with a season high 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Sloan contributed 13 points and 4 assists.
The free throw disparity between the two teams would prove to be too much of a factor for the Wizards, as Cleveland shot 21 more free throws than Washington. Despite the bad outcome, Wall had a terrific game with 19 points and 9 assists, and shot 50 percent from the field.
The point guard battle between John Wall and Kyrie Irving would have been fun to see, but Irving is listed as doubtful by Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott due to a sickness.
Coming off of a career high 16 points in Charlotte, rookie Jan Vesely will be matched up against fellow rookie Tristan Thompson. Vesely is averaging over 9 points and 7 rebounds over the course of the last five games, while Thompson is averaging a solid 11 points and 8.4 rebounds.
Both players have had their ups and downs this year and will try to continue their recent success against one another.
The Wizards are currently on a four game win streak.
The Cavaliers and Wizards are both tied for 24th in points per game, scoring 93.4 points.
John Wall is averaging a double-double in the past five games with 15.6 points and 10.2 assists per game.
On Tuesday night, the Wizards officially claimed the second worst record in the NBA, which means they will own the second most ping-pong balls in the NBA draft lottery. Wouldn’t it be cool if the Wizards can grab the second overall pick like the Redskins?
With Kyrie Irving sitting out, the Wizards will have the advantage in this game. Wall possess enough talent to will his team to victory in Cleveland, it’s just a matter of harnessing that talent. D-League call up, Donald Sloan, has no chance of guarding John Wall.
Nene sat out the last time these two teams met, and having him back in the lineup is a positive factor. The Cavaliers have struggled to keep their post players healthy this season, so the Wizards will have the advantage in the front court.
With all that being said, the Wizards lost to essentially the same roster they are facing tonight on April 14. Coming prepared to win and extend their winning streak is a must.
Can the Wizards win their 19th game of the year in Cleveland? I would say so.