Game On: Wizards must respect Magic's ability to score

Game On: Wizards must respect Magic's ability to score
March 14, 2014, 11:30 am
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Orlando Magic shooting guard Victor Oladipo (5) dribbles the ball as Washington Wizards small forward Martell Webster (9) defends.

(Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

The Wizards have a showdown with the Brooklyn Nets awaiting them, but first things first: They're no cinch to beat the Orlando Magic on Friday, a team that doesn't defend well but definitely can score. 

"They scored 112 points (Wednesday) night. They can score, carefree up and down the floor, so anytime you're playing against a team that can put up 112 points its dangerous," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. 

Orlando is where Al Harrington played briefly last season until a right knee injury limited him to 10 games. He has missed most of this season in Washington after getting surgery in December but has returned to being a significant contributor off the bench. 

"It shouldn't be hard," Harrington said of the Wizards having the focus for this game that they lacked in Wednesday's loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. "It's not like we've been taking care of those type of teams. We should be locked in and ready. We know that Orlando is very dangerous at home. They're a totally different team when they play down in Orlando so we've got to respect them."

The Magic are 15-17 at home, where they score more than 100 points per game and shoot 46%. 

TV: Wizards Central pregame show begins 6:30 ET on CSN. Tipoff from Amway Center is at 7 and Wizards Postgame Live comes immediately after the game ends. Radio: 106.7 FM. 1500 AM. 

Last game: Wizards (33-31) lost to Charlotte Bobcats 98-85 on Wednesday; Magic (19-47) lost to Denver Nuggets 120-112 on Wednesday. 

Last meeting: The Wizards won 115-106 at Verizon Center on Feb. 25, with four players scoring 21 points or more. 

Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Bradley Beal, SF Trevor Ariza, PF Trevor Booker, C Marcin Gortat. Magic –- PG Jameer Nelson, SG Victor Oladipo, SF Moe Harkless, PF Tobias Harris, C Nikola Vucevic.

X-factor: C Kevin Seraphin (right knee) was activated after missing seven games earlier in the week but didn't play. He'll be in uniform and could play in this game, too. 

Around the bend: The Wizards will return immediately after the game to D.C. for Saturday's game vs. the Brooklyn Nets (CSN, 7 p.m. ET). 

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