Pregame warmup: Measuring up to Nets

Pregame warmup: Measuring up to Nets
November 8, 2013, 4:30 pm
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The last time the Wizards played against a frontline comparable to the size of the Brooklyn Nets, they were bullied in the paint.

Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons combined for 36 points and 24 rebounds, including eight offensive.

The Nets have Brook Lopez and Kevin Garnett. And they have size off the bench in Reggie Evans, who Nene dreads playing against because of his strong-arm tactics that push the limits of the rules, and Andray Blatche.

The Wizards (1-3) got their first win of the season earlier this week at the Philadelphia 76ers, avenging a previous defeat. But the Sixers don't have the bruisers down low with a three-point shooting center in Spencer Hawes and the slashing Thaddeus Young at power forward. 

"They're big. No question it's going to be a little bit like Detroit," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "Their frontline is big with Garnett and Lopez, Blatche, Evans, very physical. All four of those guys physical players. It's going to be a different game. This is a good team. You got all stars out front in (Deron) Williams, Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce. It's going to be a very physical game but we've got to make it a fast-paced game."

Fortunately for the Wizards, they should have Marcin Gortat and Nene in the starting lineup when the game starts. Nene, who had missed two games with a left calf strain, practiced fully again Friday morning. 

"(Friday) is going to be a huge challenge for us. Having Brook Lopez, a big, big true center, K.G. is one of the greatest power forwards in the history of the game," Gortat said. "Then you've got Reggie Evans, he's coming off the bench. It's going to be a big, big battle.

"Nene doesn't have to worry about fighting all the big boys. I'm going to do that. I like to get beat up."