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Wizards vs. Cavaliers preview: Washington plays final preseason road game in Columbus

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NBA: Washington Wizards at Cleveland Cavaliers Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Wizards only have two games left on their preseason schedule, and they’re still looking for their first win against a team other than the Philadelphia 76ers, who they’ve beaten twice. Their next chance comes Tuesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but they won’t be facing LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland. Instead, they’ll be taking on the Cavs on the Ohio State Buckeyes’ home floor.

The big question for Tuesday’s game is how exactly will Scott Brooks treat this game? Will he use tonight’s game as the team’s dress rehearsal before the regular season starts, or will he hold back, considering the team is already dealing with some injury issues.

Based on Brooks’ comments after Saturday’s loss in Kentucky, it looks like he’s leaning toward holding back, according to J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic:

"Getting their bodies right is more important than the minutes right now. I’m still looking at the long-term. The next 12-13 days before the first game. ... we want to get everybody right going into this next stretch of (preseason) games. The minutes, we’ll see how everybody feels."

If Brooks does treat Tuesday’s game as the warm-up before the season starts, he’ll have to do so knowing the Cavaliers may not be trotting out their top stars for most of the game. This is Cleveland’s final preseason game, so it wouldn’t be surprising if Tyronn Lue gave most of his veterans most or all of the night off before the real fun starts next week, though J.R. Smith is expected to play for the first time since signing his new deal with Cleveland.

Game Info

When - Tuesday, October 18 at 7:00 pm EST
Where - Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio
TV - The game will be broadcast in the Ohio area on Fox Sports Ohio. The game will not be broadcast in the Washington area.
Radio - The game will be broadcast in Ohio on 100.7 WMMS. The game will not be broadcast in the Washington area.

Injury Report

Ian Mahinmi is out for the Wizards after undergoing meniscus surgery last week.

UPDATE: Otto Porter and Jason Smith are out.

Channing Frye is questionable for the Cavaliers after suffering an ankle sprain last week.

Most Likely Wizards Killer: Jordan McRae

NBA: Preseason-Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

McRae was outstanding for the Cavaliers at the Las Vegas Summer League and he’s continued to play well in the preseason. He’s the team’s leading scorer, averaging 15.4 points in just under 30 minutes of action per game this preseason. He’s doing a lot of work at the charity stripe, where he’s averaging six attempts per game.

Teams have been getting to the line at ease against the Wizards in recent games. The 76ers attempted 29 on Thursday and the Kings attempted 38 on Saturday in Kentucky. Washington will need to find a way to keep McRae from getting easy trips to the line if they want to buck that trend in Columbus.