Wizards vs. Cavaliers preview: Meet Kyrie Irving's mates

Jason Miller

Can the Wizards pull off a win against a shorthanded Cavaliers team?

The Wizards resume their home schedule after the holidays with a game against Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Learn more about the opponent here.

Where and When? Tip off is at 7 p.m. The game will be on Comcast SportsNet.

Why Should I Care? Because the Cavaliers aren't very good. The Wizards shouldn't be favored against anyone, but this might be one of the best chances to see a win.

Are They Any Good? No, but they have a little bit more promise mostly because they have Kyrie Irving. Irving missed a month with a finger injury, but when he has played, he has arguably been a top-five point guard in the NBA. The only thing that's prevented him from getting there is name recognition, and soon, that's about to change.

Who's Out? The usual suspects are not playing for the Wizards. For Cleveland, rebounding dynamo Anderson Varejao will miss his third straight game. Given how much Varejao dominated the boards in the season opener, that's a big relief.

What Are They Good At? Rebounding has been a huge strength for the Cavaliers this year, but much of that is due to Varejao. In his absence, the Wizards will need to make sure to contain Irving and Dion Waiters. Waiters has struggled at times this year, but he is aggressive attacking off pick and rolls. The Wizards need to pay attention to prevent him from going off.

What Are They Bad At? Almost everything else. In particular, this team really struggles to generate offense if Irving is having an off night. Alonzo Gee is aggressive, but turnover-prone, while C.J. Miles is incredibly inconsistent. No big man offers any sort of post-up threat either.

Will Shaun Livingston help Cleveland? Fear the Sword argues he will, but I wouldn't get my hopes up if I'm a Cavaliers fan.

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