Wizards, Cavs try to get on track
(Sports Network) - Two of the NBA's worst teams tee it up on Wednesday night when the Washington Wizards, owners of the league's worst record, host the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have the third-worst mark this season.
The Wizards head into Wednesday night's battle the losers of seven in a row. With John Wall still sidelined with a knee injury and A.J. Price out with a broken right hand, the Wizards brought in point guard help. The team signed Garrett Temple and Shelvin Mack in the hopes to get some production out of the position.
It's become a bad situation in the nation's capital with all of this losing, so it's on their leader to try and keep the situation afloat, especially with new personnel.
"I've got to try to continue to instill them with confidence," said head coach Randy Wittman. "We have to keep plugging."
The Wizards are coming off a brutal home-and-home series with the Detroit Pistons. Washington lost on Friday, 100-68 in Detroit, then fell at home, 96- 87 at home.
In the second game, after such an embarrassing loss, the Wizards trailed by 19 at the half. They fought hard in the third quarter, winning that by nine, but came up short.
The Cavaliers snapped a six-game losing streak on Saturday with an impressive road win in Milwaukee against the Bucks. The Cavs posted a 94-82 victory thanks to balanced scoring.
Six Cleveland players, including all five starters, posted double-figure scoring efforts. Dion Waiters led the way with 18 points and Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller made up for the lost rebounding with Anderson Varejao out of the lineup with a bruised right knee. They combined for 24 boards in the absence of the NBA's leading rebounder.
The Cavaliers took a nine-point lead into the half, but Milwaukee fought back. The Cavs held on, won the fourth quarter by four and won for the first time since Dec. 11.
"I really thought we played a pretty solid game," said head coach Byron Scott. "Just like most young teams, you're going to lose a little bit of focus at times. We did that in the second half when they made that furious comeback but, again we got it back together and were able to hold on for the win."
Cleveland held the Bucks to 39.2 percent shooting from the field and 20 percent shooting from long distance.
The Cavaliers won the NBA's season-opener at home against the Wizards, 94-84. The home team in this series has won 15 of the last 19.
12/26 10:51:39 ET