Wizards will be major test for struggling Cavaliers

Lance Stephenson reintroduces himself to Le Bron James with authority. More

Lance Stephenson reintroduces himself to Le Bron James with authority. More

That team reached the NBA Finals, but they lost to the San Antonio Spurs in five games.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Washington Wizards do battle at the Verizon Center on Friday night.

Irving averaged 25.8 points per game for the Cavs last season, shooting 47.3 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from 3-point territory, providing a constant dynamic presence that made Cleveland unsafe on the offensive end even if their defense was disastrous.

Do you smell blood with the way the Cavs are playing right now? "We play teams that's not as good, and we play down to our competition". "I think it's surprising to all of us that it's happening right now, but hey, it is what it is and it's exciting to see how we can turn this thing around".

It was always going to take time to integrate those players and they were expected to have their fair share of ups and downs in the process but certainly not in this manner.

Wade's comments imply there isn't a sense of desperation with the Cavaliers just yet, which is not surprising given the veterans they have on their team and their status as three-time defending conference champions. There are eight of them.

"Indiana should have beat us that year", Wade told reporters at the Cavaliers' practice facility of the Heat's series in the 2014 Eastern Conference finals.

"I feel like we're the best team".

"I do love you guys and I appreciate you guys for ya'll support and everything, but that 20 points a game ain't gonna happen". "I think going through it now early in the season, instead of going through it late when you want to hit your peak and playing great going into the playoffs. I've got confidence in myself and my teammates and what we can bring to our team and what we can accomplish".

The Washington Wizards attempted to fuel their burgeoning rivalry with the Cleveland Cavaliers a bit more Friday. "That's just the way I feel", Beal said, via ESPN.com .

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