Wizards all smiles as they prepare for Nets
NEW YORK -- These aren't the same Brooklyn Nets, who the Wizards beat earlier this season at Verizon Center in overtime. They've won four of their last five games.
Deron Williams, who had been bothered by a sore ankle and wasn't playing well, is back to being his old self. And Joe Johnson is coming off making 10 three-pointers in a 130-94 win vs. the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. And they've been doing it without center Brook Lopez (ankle).
Still, the Wizards (10-13) aren't paying too much attention to what's happening at Barclays Center going into Wednesday's game (CSN, 7:30).
"No," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said when asked if he talked to his team specifically about Johnson, who had 37 points in that game. "We try to focus on us. I really believe that's how you become a more consistent team, when you just what you have to do. Everybody saw. They watch ESPN and (read) Twitter and all that stuff what Joe did."
The Wizards are expected to have Nene back after missing four games with a sore right foot. Bradley Beal will have his minutes limited after playing 30 minutes in his first game back from a stress injury to his lower right leg Monday.
They'll take time to go over what to expect from the Nets (9-15) at shootaround Wednesday morning. Given the Wizards already have played them, it should be a quick study. But as recent history has shown, beating a team previously doesn't mean much.
The Wizards had beaten the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks only to lose to both in December in close games they should've won.