Game On: Wizards-Blazers preview

Game On: Wizards-Blazers preview
February 3, 2014, 12:00 pm
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This will be another chance for the Wizards to go over .500 overall and get back to a winning record at home. They haven't won back-to-back games since Jan. 17. 

TV: Wizards Central pregame show 6:30 p.m. ET on CSN. Tipoff at Verizon Center at 7. Wizards Postgame Live immediately afterward. Radio: 1500 AM. 106.7 FM.

Last game: Wizards (23-23) beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 96-81 on Saturday; Blazers (34-13) beat the Toronto Raptors 106-103 on Saturday.

Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Bradley Beal, SF Trevor Ariza, PF Nene, C Marcin Gortat. Blazers –- PG Damian Lillard, SG Wesley Matthews, SF Nicolas Batum, PF LaMarcus Aldridge, C Robin Lopez.

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Entry passes: 1). With Matthews, Blazers could try to take away Beal similar to how the Thunder did with Thabo Sefolosha which would open up the floor for his teammates. 2). Wizards only had 11 turnovers vs. OKC, which if they can replicate would give them a significant chance to win. 3). F Martell Webster began his career in Portland. 4). Lillard and Wall know each other well as they are good friends and have trained together in the offseason. 5). Beal is no longer playing under a 30-minute time restriction. 

X-factor: Bench scoring is a weakness for both teams, but the way Kevin Seraphin and Webster have played recently could give Washington the edge. 

He said it: “We’ve seen a difference in when we try to do it on our own. We miss shots and turn the ball over, but we had times where we moved the ball very well. We have tried to fast break, get good defensive stops, get a rebound and run the fast break and it paid off. At the time when we tried to play on our own, we realized it didn’t work and we tried to move the ball more.” -- Gortat after beating the Thunder

Around the bend: The Wizards likely will practice Tuesday, and shoot around Wednesday morning before facing the San Antonio Spurs at Verizon Center  (CSN, 7).

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