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Wizards vs. Cavaliers Preview: Meet Kyrie Irving and the rest of the Wizards' biggest rival

Here's what you need to know about tonight's dress rehearsal for the regular season opener.

David Richard-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Are they good in general? Depends on how you define good. Good enough to make the playoffs in the East? Sure. Better than the Wizards? Definitely, without John Wall. Legiitmately good? Not quite yet.

Are they fast or slow? Byron Scott's teams in Cleveland have ranked between 11th and 14th in the NBA in pace. So they're slightly above average, but they're not blazing fast.

Are they especially good at anything? Well, they've got Kyrie Irving, who is your defending Rookie of the Year (doubt he breaks the Rookie of the Year curse). As much as we try to discredit what he does for the sake of arguing that Wall is better, it's hard to ignore his production. He averaged 18.5 points and 5.4 assists, shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 39.9 percent from deep last season and helped keep Cleveland in the playoff discussion for the first half of the season.

Team-wise the only area where they were above average last season was offensive rebounding, spearheaded by Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson.

Are they especially bad at anything? There's not a whole lot of depth past Irving. Cleveland has only three players who averaged over 10 points per game last season: Irving, Varejao and Alonzo Gee. And you better believe Varejao and Gee just barely got above that 10 point per game mark. The additions of Dion Waiters, C.J. Miles and Tyler Zeller should help with that this year, but its clear Cleveland is still recovering from The Decision.

Are there any people involved with the organization that Jake really likes? I've always had a soft spot Jannero's brother, Jeremy Pargo. Not the most efficient guy in the world, but lots of fun to watch, even though most of his highlights come at Washington's expense.

Are there any people involved with the organization that Jake really doesn't like? Kyrie Irving, because he'll always be cast against John Wall and Anderson Varejao, because you'd dislike him too if you remember anything about the DeShawn-LeBron rivalry years.

Are there any players poised for a breakout? A little too early to know what to expect from this year's crew, but if there's one player on Cleveland who has the chance to really surprise us this year, it's Dion Waiters. His college numbers weren't super impressive, but he's very Wade-like in his ability to get where he wants on the floor and draw fouls. If he can wind up being a watered-down version of Wade, he'll be an excellent complement to Kyrie Irving.

Are there any players the Wizards especially need to worry about? Since it's a preseason game, they should really only be worried about anyone who would want to injure them. Hopefully there's no one like that on the roster.

Any other random quirks? A quick reminder that you're old: Remember Trajan Langdon? Yep, he's a scout for the Spurs now.