Game On: Wizards-Bobcats preview

Game On: Wizards-Bobcats preview
January 7, 2014, 9:00 am
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Wizards need to hold each other accountable

Washington Wizards small forward Martell Webster (9) is fouled by Charlotte Bobcats small forward Jeffery Taylor (44) during the first half at the Verizon Center.

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With four games in five days, the Wizards couldn't have picked a worse time to end a three-game slump. They lost three of four meetings with the Bobcats last season. Tuesday is their first meeting this season: 

TV: Wizards Central pregame show on CSN at 6:30 p.m. ET; followed by tip-off from Verizon Center at 7 and Wizards Postgame Live immediately afterward. Radio: 1500 AM. 106.7 FM

Last game: Wizards (14-17) lost 112-96 to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, extending the losing streak to three games; Bobcats (15-20) won at the Sacramento Kings 113-103 on Saturday to end a five-game losing streak. 

Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Bradley Beal, SF Trevor Ariza, PF Trevor Booker, C Marcin Gortat. Bobcats –- PG Kemba Walker, SG Gerald Henderson, SF Chris Douglas-Roberts, PF Josh McRoberts, C Al Jefferson.

Entry passes: 1). Gortat has to get more than five or six rebounds, and will have his work cut out against the physical Jefferson.  2). Beal has attempted just one free throw in the last five games. 3). In this three-game losing skid, the Wizards have been outscored 90-50 in the pivotal third quarter. 4). Jan Vesely had one of his better games of the season with eight points on 4 of 7 shooting, six rebounds and three blocks in 16 minutes. 5). Eric Maynor hasn't played in the last two games even though the bench has been emptied because of blowouts.

X-factors: Backup C Kevin Seraphin didn't play Sunday because of a coach's decision, not because he had any recurrences with his right knee  ...  The second unit has drawn praise from Wittman, which could mean a shift in rotations or more minutes for Garrett Temple, Vesely, Otto Porter and Chris Singleton ... Nene and Beal still are playing with time restrictions. 

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He said it: “I have no idea. We just have to come out with a lot more energy, and a lot more aggressiveness I guess. I think sometimes we take it for granted the skills we have, and what we are capable of doing as a team, and we let other teams come in and just take our house from us. That is something we have to stay away from, and we gotta protect this first, and now we have to put this behind us and try to get games on the road now.” -- Beal on losing six of the last seven games at Verizon Center. 

Around the bend: The Wizards are playing four games in five days, which means leaving immediately after this game to face the Pelicans in New Orleans on Wednesday (CSN, 8 p.m. ET). They'll have an off day Thursday, play at the Indiana Pacers on Friday (CSN, 7) and return home for a game vs. the Houston Rockets at Verizon Center on Saturday (CSN, 7).

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