John Wall Says Wizards 'Smell Blood' In Matchup With Cavaliers

Dwyane Wade Opens Up About Problems That Existed Internally With 2013-14 Miami Heat

Beal and his backcourt mate John Wall appeared on ESPN's "The Jump" Friday afternoon ahead of a marquee matchup with the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers, and host Paul Pierce asked about where the team stands in the Eastern Conference. Are they at all who they thought they were, who we thought they were?

"I think that it's going to be challenging on the guys that's been here the last few years to continue to try to motivate themselves to want to get back to the Finals", James said.

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LeBron has been his same old self, averaging 25.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 8.6 assists a game, but it hasn't resulted in many wins for his team. What was an inconsequential losing streak has now become a rude slap in the face. Washington have played five games with at least 213 combined points, and have gotten to 226 and higher in all three home games. He started all 21 postseason games for the Cavs in their championship season of 2015-16. "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 wrote about it Thursday at length, but he said "I don't know how we made it" and the Heat were "kind of like this", meaning the Cavs now.

Both losses were due to the Wizards not playing any type of defense, and allowing those two teams to get wide open shots, and uncontested drives to the basket. I'm not going to sit here and do that.

"Got to figure out a way to motivate yourself to get back to that top level of game". We still have a 30-point scorer, All-Star point guard that's coming soon.

Cleveland will be without Tristan Thompson and Iman Shumpert, putting more pressure on Kevin Love defensively. That Heat team reached their fourth straight NBA Finals despite finishing with a 54-28 record, good for just second in the Eastern Conference.

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