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Wizards vs. Cavaliers: Washington opens season with 94-84 loss

Kyrie Irving scores 29 points and Anderson Varejao grabs 23 boards as the Wizards lose their third straight season opener.

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Wizards trail Cavs 50-39 at halftime

The Washington Wizards trail the Cleveland Cavaliers, 50-39, in the opening game of the NBA season. Kyrie Irving has led the way for the Cavs, scoring 14 and dishing out a pair of assists. Anderson Varejao added 9 rebounds, 6 points, and 2 blocks.

The Wizards have struggled from the field, shooting just 32.6% and were outrebounded 26-19 in the first half. Washington also only went 6-for-12 from the foul line.

Washington kept things close early, but Cleveland closed out the first quarter on a 7-0 run and never looked back in the second quarter as the Wizards continued to struggle.

Trevor Booker, who was one of the Wizards' best players in the preseason, had a rough first half, going 1-for-7 with 4 turnovers and 3 fouls. Bradley Beal has been a lone bright spot, scoring 8 points and going 2-for-2 from beyond the arc, but is just 2-for-6 overall. Jan Vesely added 5 points (including an alley-oop) and 3 rebounds.

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How the Wizards, Cavs match up

Nene and John Wall are out as Washington opens its season in Cleveland. How will the Wizards' new-look lineup match up with the up and coming Cavaliers?

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Wizards set starting lineup for opener

Head coach Randy Wittman has decided on his starting five for the Washington Wizards' opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight, and it features rookie Bradley Beal and Trevor Booker instead of Jan Vesely.

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Nene likely out vs. Cavs

A report out of Washington has starting power forward Nene out for Tuesday night's opener against Cleveland.

The news was first tweeted by Fox's Sam Amico, who listed Nene out with a foot injury. According to Amico, the Wizards' starting lineup will feature Trevor Ariza, Emeka Okafor and Trevor Booker at the starting forward positions, with guardsA.J. Price and Bradley Beal in the back court. Point guard John Wall will also miss the Wizards' opener with a knee injury.

For those who have followed Nene's career, the news isn't all that shocking. The 30-year-old from Brazil has suffered from plantar fasciitis during the preseason, and was also limited to just 37 games in the lockout shortened 2011-2012 season.

Still, the news is disappointing for Wizards fans, who were hoping to see Nene as part of their new-look team this year. In addition to acquiring Nene from Denver late last season, the team also traded for Ariza and Okafor in the off-season, and drafted the highly-touted guard Beal out of Florida.

However the Wizards will now start behind the eight-ball with both Nene and Wall out on Tuesday night.

This story originally appeared at SB Nation.

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Wizards play Cleveland on opening night

The Washington Wizards travel to play the Cavaliers on opening night.

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