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Wizards vs. Cavaliers preview: Washington looks for redemption against LeBron

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Washington Wizards Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Game Info

When: Sunday, December 16 at 6 p.m.
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Win probability: Washington has a 60 percent chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight.

Injury Report

Wizards: Otto Porter (Questionable, Hip), Sheldon Mac (Out, Achilles)

Cavaliers: Tristan Thompson (Day-to-Day, Calf), Derrick Rose (Out, Ankle), Iman Shumpert (Out, Knee), Isaiah Thomas (Out, Hip)

What to Watch for

The Wizards won’t stick their foot in their mouth this time around, right?

So far, so good, but we can’t take this for granted.

What can the Wizards do differently to keep LeBron in check?

LeBron probably won’t go off for 57 this time around, but with the way the Cavaliers are playing, he won’t need to like he did in their first meeting.

The Cavaliers are 17-3 since their win over Washington in early November and have the second-best offense in the league over that span. James is doing his thing, but he’s also getting efficient help from Kevin Love, Dwyane Wade, J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver, Jose Calderon, and even Jeff Green.

You can bet the Wizards will want to prove they can slow him down after his humbling performance last month, but you can also bet LeBron is well aware of this and will try to use Washington’s aggression against them. If the Wizards commit too much just to slowing him down, he’ll gladly take a back seat and let his supporting crew get the job done with all the open looks they get.

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Happy holidays from Sizzle.