Live Thread: Cavs @ Wizards

The Cavs are in the District of Columbia tonight to take on the Wizards for their first game since the trade deadline. Cleveland currently leads the season series 2-1. A win tonight would make the Cavs 12-43. Or, the team that has 25% of their wins against the Wizards.

I’m ninety percent sure that the Wizards are the only team the Cavs even have a chance to win a year long series with this season, so this game should be a quasi Finals for the Wine & Gold.

That being said, it’s not going to be easy. The Cavs parted ways with two starters in Rodney Hood and Alec Burks this week. The team will most likely be starting Collin Sexton, Deng Adel, Ante Zizic, Jordan Clarkson, and David Nwaba. This lineup could be the least known one a team starts this season. The team is still without Tristan Thompson and Cedi Osman; however, Kevin Love is a game time decision. Let’s hope for the best. Either way, this team is headed to the top of the lottery. * UPDATE Kevin Love and Larry Nance  Jr. will be starting tonight. Jordan Clakrson and Ante Zizic will come off the bench. *

Three Things to Watch

  1. Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss will most likely make their debuts tonight as part of the bench crew for Cleveland. Many will remember Knight as the player who was supposed to be as good as Kyrie Irving at one point in his career. They used to go at each other. Knight’s career hasn’t panned out though and he has never gained traction becoming a solid rotation player. Maybe Cleveland will be where he thrives. He has shot as high as 40% from deep in a season, and could be a decent floor spacer for a bench unit. Hopefully, he can help open up the lane for a bench that often works with little to no driving lanes and relies on Jordan Clarkson to score all the buckets.
  2. Chriss played his rookie season for Phoenix and was in all 82 games. He put up 9.2 points and 4.2 boards a night. He’s pretty much a grab the ball while in motion and score in transition or roll to the rim for points guy. He averaged a block per game during his sophomore season. So, he may be a bit of a shot blocker. If anyone can get this guy lob passes on the roll and out on the break, it would be Matthew Dellavedova who just plays basketball the smart way. Chriss should get some run tonight especially if Love is out still. He’s on a cost controlled contract too, so if he’s actually good the Cavs can keep him quite simply.
  3. This game is winnable, but the Cavs need to focus on making secondary guys beat them. David Nwaba can slow down Bradley Beal enough to make this a valid game plan. Larry Nance will need to win the bench big man battle against Washington new comer Jabari Parker. Parker won’t be playing defense because he’s not paid to do so, so Nance needs to make sure he’s trying to get his at every turn.

I’m picking the Cavs to win tonight, 112-106. It’s their Finals. Larry Drew knows this.

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Brian
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Brian
10 days 4 hours ago

Is Brandon Knight available tonight

Jason
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Jason
10 days 4 hours ago

Love done for the night.

Larry needs to go at Beal there.

Nate Smith
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10 days 4 hours ago

Jabari looks lookS good

Nate Smith
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10 days 4 hours ago

Yezus, marquese. That was
… Bad

Brian
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Brian
10 days 4 hours ago

Jc is gunning tonight. Whew

Jason
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Jason
10 days 4 hours ago

Maybe that is why he did not shoot the last one.

Nate Smith
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10 days 4 hours ago

Chucku Clarkson annoying me and Larry.

Nate Smith
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10 days 4 hours ago

Gotta dunk that Larry.

Simmo
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Simmo
10 days 4 hours ago

Bit of jawing out there between Clarkson and someone.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 4 hours ago

Nwaba & Delly playing well.

Nate Smith
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10 days 4 hours ago

Nwaba the best Cav tonight

Nate Smith
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10 days 4 hours ago

Great pass Delly!

Brian
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Brian
10 days 4 hours ago

Cavs need to stop playing jc at the three spot. They get blitzed every time

Jason
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Jason
10 days 4 hours ago

We have no forward depth.

SF: Cedi is out. Hood & Burks are gone. JR is banished. Blossomgame has to be getting close to his 45 days. That leaves Nwaba, Adel, and Clarkson.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 4 hours ago

Adel needs to shoot that 3.

Nate Smith
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10 days 4 hours ago

Cavs hustling. But there is a lid on the bucket.

Simmo
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Simmo
10 days 4 hours ago

This does present itself as a situation that Delly would enjoy grinding back into the lead.

Nate Smith
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10 days 4 hours ago

Hey! Welcome back Jason. The overzealous spam guardian has been paid off.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 4 hours ago

I will reimburse you.

I don’t blame it, I am kind of shady. ;)

Thanks for getting me back on the nice list.

Nate Smith
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10 days 4 hours ago

No worries. Wasn’t personal.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
10 days 4 hours ago

which one of you guys gave me the big “meh” on the portis-parker for otto trade.. according to espn box score..portis lighting up the cavs w 16pt in 5 min?!! c;mon dude..own it,, you ‘ll feel better

NOMAD
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NOMAD
10 days 4 hours ago

DIDN’T HE ‘HEAT ” UP LAST TIME AGAINST US WEARING A BULLS UNIFORM —-CAN REMEMBER A.C. COMMENTING ABIUT THAT

Simmo
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Simmo
10 days 4 hours ago

Gonna give up 40 to these guys in 1Q….

Jason
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Jason
10 days 4 hours ago

Terrible D. Ugh. Well, Chriss made a shot.

JRL
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JRL
10 days 4 hours ago

41pts given in the 1st 😑

Jason
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Jason
10 days 4 hours ago

Is it me or does Portis just kill us all the time?

Nate Smith
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10 days 4 hours ago

Frodo eyes are deadly.

JRL
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JRL
10 days 4 hours ago

Is this a fluke game for Portis or what?

NOMAD
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NOMAD
10 days 4 hours ago

JUST CHECKED BOX SCORE—SEE LOVE IS PLAYING –” KNOCKING SOME RUST OFF “–GOOD TO SEE HIM OUT THERE ———DO WE HAVE A NICKNAME FOR NWABA / IF NOT– WE NEED TO GET ONE —ALL UP TO YOU EVIL ONE !!

JRL
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JRL
10 days 4 hours ago

Glad to see Jabari in good form.
Hope his careers takes off.

Jason
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Jason
10 days 4 hours ago

Love in the air!

JRL
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JRL
10 days 4 hours ago

Cavs going cold on this last few minutes.
Glad to see Nwaba attacking.

Nate Smith
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10 days 4 hours ago

Nwaba is a really really good defender

JRL
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JRL
10 days 4 hours ago

He truly is.

Nate Smith
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10 days 4 hours ago

Call an illegal defense on the Wiz already. Cripes.

Nate Smith
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10 days 4 hours ago

Cavs playing with a lot of energy.

JRL
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JRL
10 days 4 hours ago

This is a good lineup although Cedi at 3 would be better of course.

JRL
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JRL
10 days 4 hours ago

Nice pass by Adel to Love. Sucks Love couldn’t get the 3.

Nate Smith
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10 days 4 hours ago

Love looking spry.

JRL
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JRL
10 days 4 hours ago

Adel is long and moves good on D.

Nate Smith
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10 days 4 hours ago

Nice follow Nwaba’!

JRL
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JRL
10 days 4 hours ago

Love with an easy play to the line.

Nate Smith
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10 days 4 hours ago

Lol. Jeff played with him for a year and fell for the fake.

JRL
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JRL
10 days 4 hours ago

Good to see “0” in the starting lineup.

Nate Smith
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10 days 5 hours ago

Why the hell didn’t the Wiz move Ariza?

JRL
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JRL
10 days 4 hours ago

Were rumors about offers around?

Nate Smith
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10 days 4 hours ago

I t seemed an obvious move.

Nate Smith
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10 days 5 hours ago

Welcome back, KLOVE!

Mike Schreiner
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10 days 5 hours ago

I’d like to see a starting lineup of Sexton, Nwaba, Cedi, Love, and either Nance or Tristan eventually, but I’m not sure if they start Nwaba with Cedi with no other (non two-way) players on the bench.

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