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Pregame: Cavs (16-33) at Wizards (24-24)

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 7, 2014
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Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert shares a laugh with Mike Brown and Chris Grant during Brown's introductory news conference last April. Grant was fired by Gilbert on Thursday. (AP Photo/Jason Miller)

Time: 7 p.m.; Place: Verizon Center; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WLEC, WAKR


Injury report: Cavs: Kyrie Irving (ill) questionable; Carrick Felix (knee) out; Wizards: Al Harrington (knee) out.


Officials: Monty McCutchen, Eric Dalen, Kevin Scott


Series: Tied 1-1


Streaks: Cavs L6; Wizards L1



Cavs probables

Name Ht, Wt Pts Rebs Asts
PG Kyrie Irving 6-3, 193 21.4 3.2 6.2
SG Jarrett Jack 6-3, 200 8.9 2.7 3.7
SF Luol Deng 6-9, 220 17.6 6.2 3.2
PF Tristan Thompson 6-9, 238 12.0 9.4 0.9
C Anderson Varejao 6-11, 267 8.9 10.3 2.6



Wizards probables

Name Ht, Wt Pts Rebs Asts
PG John Wall 6-4, 207 20.0 4.4 8.5
SG Bradley Beal 6-5, 207 16.7 3.7 3.3
SF Trevor Ariza 6-8, 220 14.3 6.1 2.8
PF Nene 6-11, 250 13.7 6.0 3.0
C  Marcin Gortat 6-11, 240 11.9 8.8 1.5



* Kyrie Irving missed shootaround this morning because he is sick. He is a game-time decision tonight. 

* C.J. Miles said the players were in practice when Chris Grant was fired Thursday. They learned immediately after practice, then boarded a plane for Washington D.C., so they didn't have much time to react. "CG gave me a chance," Miles said. "He brought me here to come in and remind people I could still play. He was a great guy, good dude outside of business, too. He did some good things for me. Helped me out a lot as far as coming here, presenting me with the opportunity to play basketball, start something new and start something exciting. I thank him for that."

* The news hit particuarly close to coach Mike Brown, who has been close friends with Grant since they were college teammates together at University of San Diego. Brown was fired by the Cavs weeks before Grant was promoted to GM four years ago. Now Grant has been fired months after Brown returned. Apparently these two just aren't destined to work together. 

* "No matter what, we're all accountable," Brown said. "Part of it, you do feel -- especially how close we are -- there's a little bit more coming my way than maybe anybody else." By "coming my way," Brown meant because of the close friendship. "There's an added personal effect to the whole situation," he said. 

* Dion Waiters conceded the firing made him think about the team's role. "Everybody was saddened by it. Some of it you think, 'Is it our fault for the way we've been playing that a man lost his job?'" Waiters said. "A lot goes into consideration when you think about those type of things, especially for a guy who believed in me and made my dreams come true. At the end of the day, it's sad."

* There's still a game to play tonight against the Wizards and the Cavs are still trying to break a six-game losing streak, which is their longest of the season. They'll have to deal with John Wall, which becomes more difficult if Irving doesn't play. Wall is averaging career highs in scoring and assists. "The more time he puts in this league, the better he is," Brown said. "It's just a maturity factor. He's maturing every day. But he's a good sized point guard that has great speed and knows how to use his speed and his length and his athleticism very well. Every day he's getting better with it."

* Cavs owner Dan Gilbert reiterated Thursday he believes in Mike Brown and beileves the Cavs can win with him as coach. "You appreciate it, but the only thing I can control is working to get this team better, working on our execution on both ends of the floor,'' Brown said. "That's my primary focus.''

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