Dec 18, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) drives against Toronto Raptors point guard John Lucas (5) at Quicken Loans Arena. Toronto won 113-99. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Cavaliers Preview: Cavs @ Wizards

Dec 18, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters (3) dunks against the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena. Toronto won 113-99. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

There are very few teams in the NBA that have a worse win-loss record than the Cleveland Cavaliers. But coming off the holiday, the Cavs will travel to DC to take on the Washington Wizards, sporting a 3-22 record through their first 25 games of the season.

Last time the Cavs were on the court they got a victory against a Central Division rival in the Milwaukee Bucks. The Cavs were impressive in multiple aspects and didn’t need to rely on Kyrie Irving. Dion Waiters was the star of the show in Milwaukee, scoring 18 points on 9-of-17 shooting. All starting five players ended up scoring in double figures, most notably Tristan Thompson’s double-double (14 points, 14 rebounds).

On opening night of the season, the Cavs started the season off on the right foot by beating the Wizards 94-84. Since that victory, the Cavs have been lesssuccessful, resulting in a 5-23 record.

In the first meeting, the Wizards were without their starting point guard, John Wall, and starting center, Nene. They will get Nene back for this matchup, but will to continue to be without Wall. Nene has played in 12 games this season, averaging 12.5 points per game. Nene will not only help them offensively, but gives them another strong presence down low. In the previous matchup, the Wizards had third-year player Trevor Booker in the starting lineup. Booker stands at 6-8, significantly smaller than Nene.

The matchup between the No. 3 and No. 4 pick in the 2012 draft will happen once again. Waiters got the best of Bradley Beal, outscoring him and getting his team the victory. Both players are going through growing pains in their rookie seasons, Beal more noticeably than Waiters. Beal made a living in college outside of the three-point arc and has not had the same success in his first 25 NBA games. He is shooting 29 percent from three-point range, a percentage, from a shooting guard, that will make a head coach pull his hair out.

It has been three days since the Cavs last played and are coming off a good-looking victory. It will be important to go into DC and get a rare road victory to end the year 2012 off right and to show there will be promise in 2013.

It was rumored that Anderson Varejao would play Wednesday night, but he will remain out with a right knee bruise.

Cavs’ Stats:

Dec 21, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) shoots over Indiana Pacers point guard George Hill (3) in the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

PPG–93.9 (23rd)

RPG–42.1 (16th)

APG–19.2 (29th)

Points Allowed–99.7 (20th)


Wizards’ Stats:

PPG–88.8 (30th)

RPG–43.0 (11th)

APG–20.1 (24th)

Points Allowed–97.3 (14th)

This matchup may be between two of the worst teams in the league, but who knows, maybe President Obama will show up courtside and spice things up a bit. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Verizon Center.

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