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

That makes sense. Beal and Wall are one of the best backcourt duos in the league, and the Wizards are a very good team.

Addressing the media at the Cavaliers' practice facility, Wade said Cleveland's 3-5 start has revived memories of the Heat's run to the 2014 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, despite an uneven ride in the fourth season playing alongside Chris Bosh and current Cavaliers teammate LeBron James.

"Look at me", Lue said before the morning shootaround prior to Friday night's game against the Washington Wizards (7 p.m. ET, ESPN). As they seek to reclaim what has been their usual place as the top team in the Eastern Conference, one of their new additions provided perspective on the Cavs' mini-swoon.

But don't sleep on Porter on the offensive end, as he's averaged 18.7 points on 55.7 percent shooting, including 51.7 percent from beyond the arc.

"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".

Nonetheless, if the Wizards can regroup, now that Markieff Morris has returned, then they have a legitimate shot at challenging the CAVS in the conference finals.

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Kelly Oubre, Jr. stepped up and showed up while Morris was out. Also, when the game is on the line, it normally should be Wall or Beal taking that last shot.

"We're down a couple guys, so they'll get an opportunity, a chance to play a little bit", Lue said. He started all 21 postseason games for the Cavs in their championship season of 2015-16. I've done it seven straight years, so I know how to get back into the flow of things.

Washington can not continue to give away games by giving up double-digit leads.

Do you smell blood with the way the Cavs are playing right now? "And if I was them, I would do the same thing".

However, if Washington doesn't play defense consistently throughout the year, they'll look back on this season as what could've been.

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