Dwyane Wade sees some of 2014 Miami Heat in current Cleveland Cavaliers

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04 November, 2017

"Teams come in here to whip our butt and they're whipping our butt".

The Cleveland Cavaliers (3-5) are now struggling out of the gate but will look to turn it around this Friday against the Washington Wizards (4-3) on a game that will be televised on ESPN. In Cleveland, James, Kevin Love, J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson and Iman Shumpert have played together for years. "Hopefully we can eventually pull from that and everybody wants to see the other guys succeed and get to that pinnacle they got to". "As a team, we were kind of like this".

Wade, now 35, is more of a role player for the Cavaliers after joining friend LeBron James following his Bulls buyout this offseason.

Staring at a potential five-game losing streak and giving a conference rival like Washington a confidence boost to make someone like Beal actually believe his bold preseason promulgation should be motivation enough for the Cavs to start their turnaround. He's averaged 18.0 points and 10.2 rebounds in 19 lifetime games against the Wizards while posting 11 double-doubles. But now the way the games have been going, you miss three or four shots, you're down nine points.

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If he can continue to perform at this promising level, it could help lift Washington possibly into contention for one of the top playoff spots in the East and contend with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. Regardless of the spread, the better play is likely the over whenever it is established.

Having lost to five teams they were expected to beat, the Wine and Gold face arguably their toughest test of the season tonight as they travel to the nation's capital to face the Washington Wizards. The Cavaliers have been involved in seven straight games of 207 or more points and have ranged from 213 to 224 points in their three road contests.

Wade said the team is trying to figure it out together. Still, this is not a matchup that plays well for Cleveland given how Wall and Beal not only attack the basket but also how well they can shoot from the perimeter. The Wizards want to be considered among the teams who can take down the Cavaliers, and look for them to express themselves here with a 119-111 win. Tip-off time is 7 pm ET.


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