Game On: Wizards don't need another hero to beat Sixers

Game On: Wizards don't need another hero to beat Sixers
March 1, 2014, 11:30 am
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The answer from Wizards coach Randy Wittman seems pretty bland, boring and maybe a tad predictable, but in the end it's the truth. To fill the void left by Nene, no one has to put on a cape and play the hero. "I talked to them about. Nobody needs to do anything superhuman here," he said. "Everybody do their job. guys that are getting  opportunity now, step in, play with confidence and be a contributor. that's how we have to do it."

Chris Singleton, step right up. Marcin Gortat, Al Harrington, Andre Miller and even though he has been relegated to mostly spot duty, Garrett Temple. They've all done it and that's why they're riding a season-high five game win streak. 

Their next opponent, the Philadelphia 76ers Sixers appear to be easy marks after going winless in February, losing all 11 games. They've dropped 15 of 16 and are drastically different than the team that upset the Wizards on Nov. 1 at Wells Fargo Center 109-102. Of course, Allen Iverson's No. 3 jersey is being retired at halftime which could energize what's expected to be a sellout crowd. 

"Four guys with 20-plus points," Wittman said after a win vs. the Orlando Magic earlier in the week, "is how we have to do it."

TV: Wizards Central at 7 p.m. ET on CSN from Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Tipoff is 7:30 and Wizards Postgame Live immediately follows. Radio: 106.7 FM. 1500 AM.

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Last game: Wizards (30-28) won at Toronto Raptors 134-129 3OT on Thursday; Sixers (15-43) lost to Orlando Magic 101-90 on Wednesday.

Last meeting: The Wizards won 107-99 at Verizon Center on Jan. 20. Season series: Washington leads, 2-1.

Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Bradley Beal, SF Trevor Ariza, PF Trevor Booker, C Marcin Gortat. Sixers –- PG Michael Carter-Williams, SG James Anderson, SF Hollis Thompson, PF Thaddeus Young, C Henry Sims.

Entry passes: 1). The Sixers lost 30 ppg when they traded SF Evan Turner and C Spencer Hawes and replaced it with a 8 ppg in Thompson and Sims. 2). Carter-Williams is coming off a miserable month, shooting 58-for-151, or 38.4%. 3). Singleton has had 17 points and 14 rebounds of the bench in the last two games. 4). The pick-and-roll between Wall and Gortat is making defenses make a difficult choice to defend it or run to the three-point shooters who spotting up. 5). Al Harrington still is playing under a minutes restriction and keep an any on Beal's time after he logged 51 minutes in Toronto. 

X-factors: Seraphin (right knee) is day-to-day and is likely to miss his third game in a row. ... Backup F/C Drew Gooden, who signed a 10-day contract Wednesday, has yet to play but could get minutes as well as F Otto Porter if the game is lopsided as it should be. 

Around the bend: After the game the Wizards will return to D.C. and possibly have a light practice Sunday before playing vs. the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday at Verizon Center (CSN, 7).