Game On: Wizards-Warriors preview

Game On: Wizards-Warriors preview
January 28, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Wiz again fail to get over.500 with loss to Jazz

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A win Tuesday would help the Wizards avoid a losing record on this four-game road trip, which would be an accomplishment considering the competition. During a recent stretch, the Warriors did allow 118 points per game in losing four of five games so there is hope for the Wizards if they get out to a fast start. 

TV: Because of the late start, there is no pregame or postgame show. The game will tipoff from Oracle Arena at 10:30 p.m. ET on CSN. Radio: 1500 AM. 106.7 FM.

Last game: Wizards (21-22) lost at the Utah Jazz 104-101 on Saturday; Warriors (27-18) beat the Portland Trail Blazers 103-88 on Sunday. Season series: Warriors lead 1-0.

Last meeting: Golden State blew open a game that was tied at 58 at the half, beginning the third quarter with a 30-5 run en route to a 112-96 win at Verizon Center on Jan. 5

Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Bradley Beal, SF Trevor Ariza, PF Nene, C Marcin Gortat. Warriors –- PG Stephen Curry, SG Klay Thompson, SF Andre Igoudala, PF David Lee, C Andrew Bogut.

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Entry passes: 1). Wall and Garrett Temple did a solid job defending Curry, who was just 5-for-17. 2). Gortat has to do better defending the post and keeping Bogut off the boards for second-chance points. 3). The bench has to produce more than 18 points, which means calling Martell Webster who missed the first game of this trip because of illness. 4). With Beal still under 30-minute restriction, he'll have to be saved for the fourth quarter to make a final push or hold off Golden State. 5). If this debilitates into another blowout, will bench players such as Chris Singleton and Eric Maynor get significant minutes?

X-factors: Former Wizards G Jordan Crawford will be coming off the bench for Golden State, which recently acquired him from the Boston Celtics. ... Harrison Barnes isn't playing well. He's 13-for-47, 27.6%, since Jan. 7. ... PF Jan Vesely was the first big off the bench after Nene in the first meeting, who was working his way back from a sore right foot. 

He said it: "We beat ourselves a lot by not playing our style of basketball as close to 48 minutes as possible." -- Ariza

Around the bend: The Wizards travel to Los Angeles immediately after the game to play at the Clippers on Wednesday (CSN, 10:30). They won't return to D.C. until Thursday, when they'll be off before practicing at Verizon Center on Friday.

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