John Wall led the Wizards and registered his 18th double-double of the season, going for 32 points, 10 assists, and 5 rebounds. Martell Webster shot well from three point land, scoring 18 points on 6-10 from beyond the arc. Big men Marcin Gortat and Nene had 19 points and 8 rebounds and 13 points and 7 rebounds, respectively. The Wizards shot well tonight (50.6% FG, 55% 3FG), but it wasn't enough to compensate for the Cavs hot shooting and their dominance on the boards (Cavs outrebounded the Wizards 45-34).
The Cavaliers Kyrie Irving finished with 23 points and 12 assists, and guard Dion Waiters led the team off the bench with 24 points. CJ Miles also shot well for the Cavs, scoring 18 points on 7-11 from the field and 2-3 from beyond the arc. Where the Cavs really shined though was at the free throw line, as they were 29-33, compared to the Wizards' 16-23. Until the Jack missed free throws with two seconds left, they were perfect down the stretch which sealed the game. - Brad Bobrow
It has been a shootout here at Verizon Center, with the first half coming to a close. The Cavaliers lead the Wizards, 67-63, in what was a high scoring first half. The Wizards featured 4 players in double figures, and are shooting 54.3% from the field, and 70% from behind the arc.
Martell Webster has put on a shooting display as he is tied for the team lead with 12 points, shooting 4-6 from beyond the arc. John Wall added 12 points and 5 assists, and Marcin Gortat had 12 points and 7 rebounds.
For the Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving registered a first half double-double, scoring 12 points and dishing out 10 assists. CJ Miles led all scorers in the game with 14 points, shooting 6-8 from the field and 2-3 from beyond the arc. If the Wizards want to find their way above the .500 mark again, they will have to come out of the locker room with a defensive mindset and try to cool a hot shooting (59.5% FG) Cleveland Cavaliers team down. - Brad Bobrow
Checking in from Verizon Center for the fourth time this week. Game #4 of this five-game home-stand.
First the Kyrie update... According to Cavs head coach Mike Brown, Irving will play tonight, despite missing shootaround this morning.
However, Luol Deng must have caught the flu bug because he'll miss tonight's game. CJ Miles will move into the starting lineup for the Cavs.
After seven straight games against Western Conference foes, including three straight at home against the top three seeds, the Wizards finally welcome an Eastern Conference opponent tonight.
The Cleveland Cavaliers enter Verizon Center having lost six consecutive games and just yesterday relieved Chris Grant from his general manager role.
After adding a number of lottery picks over the past few years, their season has not gone as planned. They sit 17 games under .500 and are just 5-10 since making the Luol Deng acquisition.
They've recently moved Jarrett Jack into the starting lineup and have started bringing Dion Waiters off the bench.
They certainly have the personnel to score a lot of points, and despite their record, the Wizards will need to play at a high level in order to get a win.
Randy Wittman Pregame
As for the Wizards, they'll look to rebound from a tough double-overtime loss to the Spurs on Wednesday.
The key for them will be to remain focused and play at a high level against some of the lesser teams, now that they finished their gauntlet of top ranked opponents.
They can't play down to their opposition and give a team like the Cavs a chance to steal one on the road.
The Wizards and Cavs are 1-1 in head-to-head games this season, with each team winning on the road.
The Live Chat kicks off at 7pm tonight!
We finally get a break from the Western Conference after playing seven straight games against the west and tonight welcome the Cleveland Cavaliers to Verizon Center.
Anytime these two teams meet, the talk usually begins with John Wall vs. Kyrie Irving. However, as of this morning, reports surfaced that Irving missed shootaround and will be a gametime decision tonight due to being sick.
#WizCavs RT @JasonLloydABJ: Kyrie Irving did not participate in shootaround this morning. He is sick. Game-time decision tonight vs. WizardsThe Wizards still need to prepare as if Irving will play, because they know what he's capable of when he's on the court. He scored a career-high 41 points and beat the Wizards here at Verizon Center back in November.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) February 7, 2014
The Cavs have lost six in a row and eight of their last nine, but the Wizards are well aware of their scoring capabilities and have labeled this "the biggest game of the year." While a mid-season #WizCavs game usually won't get that billing, it's for the simple reason that they need to show that they can play at a high level against the lesser teams after doing so against the best of the west.
The players and Randy Wittman talked about that after practice on Thursday:
A lot has been made about the Wizards ability, or lack there of, to "get up" for the "bigger" games against the top teams, but the true sign of a good team is the ability to bring the intensity against the lesser teams. Playoff teams know how to protect their home court and take care of business against the weaker opponents. The Wizards have already dropped games at home to the Sixers, Bucks, Celtics, and these Cavs, teams in the bottom half of the standings in the Eastern Conference.
They returned the favor in Cleveland four days later, but will want revenge on their home floor against the struggling Cavs tonight at Verizon Center.
We'll check back in with more during pregame.
Bigs Getting Shots Up After Shootaround