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Wizards at Cavaliers preview: Washington plays Cleveland again after humiliating defeat on Wednesday

Can the Wizards make Friday’s game a bit closer?

NBA: Washington Wizards at Cleveland Cavaliers David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Wizards just suffered one of their worse poundings, losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers by 39 points, 140-101 yesterday. Mind you; the 101 points the Wizards produced were what Cleveland produced in exactly three quarters... So you could argue that the Wizards are 34 as good as the Cavaliers, but that would be a gross overestimate.

Anyway, they now have a chance at redemption, i.e., at least at putting up a reasonable effort for four quarters. Let’s see how that goes...

Game Info

When: Friday, January 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

How to watch: Monumental Sports Network

Injury Report

Wizards: none

Cavaliers: Ty Jerome (Out)

Pre-game notes

The Wizards should get a defensive-minded coach - I said this earlier this week. I repeat it again, and rest my case after the 140 point pounding by Cleveland. I mean, even if you’re going to tank, at least do it while instilling some good culture, effort resemblance in your team...

The Jordan Poole experiment is over? — I also asked this one earlier this week, and it remains unanswered... After another Poole-like showing (8 points on 11 shots) the Wizards must be asking themselves: wouldn’t we increase Poole’s trade value by actually sitting him and having him come off the bench?

Flashback: Earlier this week

The Wizards just lost badly to the Cavaliers. Now they meet again in the same place. Here are the highlights (or, really, lowlights) from that embarrassing outing: