Game On: Wizards-Raptors preview

Game On: Wizards-Raptors preview
November 21, 2013, 4:30 pm
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Wittman: Wizards "just kept fighting through"

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) goes to make a basket as Washington Wizards forward/center Nene (42) defends during the first half at the Air Canada Centre.

(John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports)

Can Washington (4-7) make it three wins in a row? The Wizards will be playing their third game in four days in their first meeting with Toronto (5-7). 

TV: CSN+, 7 p.m. ET at Air Canada Centre. Radio: 1500 AM.

Last game: Won at the Cleveland Cavaliers 98-91 on Wednesday; Raptors won at the Philadelphia 76ers 108-98 on Wednesday.

[RELATED: Instant analysis: Wizards 98, Cavaliers 91 ]

Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Bradley Beal, SF Martell Webster, PF Nene, C Marcin Gortat. Raptors –- PG Kyle Lowry, SG DeMar DeRozan, SF Rudy Gay, PF Amir Johnson, C Jonas Valanciunas

Entry passes: 1). Can the Wizards continue to get by with scant points from the reserves? 2). Can Wizards depend on Nene being this good, consistent and healthy? 3). Is Wall back to being a full-time game manager? 

X-factors: F Al Harrington (sore right knee) has missed the last three games. ... Jan Vesely's activity in rebounding and contesting shots keeps earning him minutes.

He said it: "We got to see it and understand why those kind of things happen. It's because of how we play sometimes from an offensive standpoint which leads to your defense looking bad because you're in transition so much because of bad opportunities. … We got to keep teaching that and visually let them see it." -- Wizards coach Randy Wittman on showing his team through film study how bad shot selection hurts its defense

Around the bend: The Wizards are in Toronto but they won't have a full practice before playing Friday vs. the Raptors (CSN+, 7 p.m. ET). They'll return immediately after that game for Saturday's matchup vs. the New York Knicks at Verizon Center (CSN, 7), which would represent their third set of back-to-backs and four games in five days.