The similarities between the Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers, two losing teams that haven’t made the playoffs in several years, are striking.
As both teams rebuild, they’re doing so around their guards.
The Wizards, who last appeared in the postseason in 2008, have John Wall and Bradley Beal. The Cavs, who haven’t appeared since 2010, answer with Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters.
Unfortunately, Beal (sprained left ankle) likely won’t play and Irving (sprained left shoulder) already has been declared out of Tuesday’s game, their third and final meeting of the season (CSN+, 7 p.m. ET).
Wall didn't begin his season until Jan. 12 because of a left knee injury and missed the first two meetings, both losses for the Wizards (20-41). He was the No. 1 overall pick in 2010. Irving was No. 1 overall the following year for the Cavs (21-42).
"This is our last opportunity. We're 0-fer against these guys. We've talked about that," said Wizards coach Randy Wittman, who is using their 94-84 and 87-84 losses to the Cavs as motivation. "About establishing ourselves and doing it right from there start. That's where we get in trouble."
Irving is more advanced than Wall because of his offense. An All-Star selection in his second season, he averages 23 points and 5.7 assists per game. He’s also at 46.7% shooter from the field and makes 40.7% of three-point attempts.
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