Wizards will be major test for struggling Cavaliers

Wizards will be major test for struggling Cavaliers”

"That past year in Miami when we went to the Finals, I don't know how we made it", Wade said. Their next chance comes Friday night against the Wizards (4-3), who would be 6-1 if not for blowing big second-half leads against the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns. Kevin Love likely will have to rotate back to center defensively, but the issues are more systemic than a simple frontcourt personnel switch since the Cavaliers are 26th in scoring defense at 111.9 points per game, 27th in defensive field goal percentage (47.8) and last in 3-point defensive field goal percentage (41.8). "I've got confidence in myself and my teammates and what we can bring to our team and what we can accomplish". They have been outscored by 55 points this season and are on a four-game losing streak. That team reached the NBA Finals, but they lost to the San Antonio Spurs in five games.

Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards, who the Cavs will face Friday (7 p.m. ET, ESPN), followed up last month with another declarative statement that threw some shade on The Land.

Kelly Oubre, Jr. stepped up and showed up while Morris was out. He'll more than likely play decent minutes still off the bench, but we shouldn't seen him around the 38 minutes he played just three games ago. That's the worst four-game point differential of James' career. The only concern is who should take that last shot during crunch time.

Nonetheless, if the Wizards can regroup, now that Markieff Morris has returned, then they have a legitimate shot at challenging the CAVS in the conference finals.

If he can continue to perform at this promising level, it could help lift Washington possibly into contention for one of the top playoff spots in the East and contend with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. Washington have played five games with at least 213 combined points, and have gotten to 226 and higher in all three home games.

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