Enough of practicing against each other. The Wizards have been at it for more than a week and can't wait to compete to see just how far they've come -- and still have to go.
They open the exhibition season vs. the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday at Verizon Center (NBATV , 7 p.m. ET). Otto Porter (right hip flexor) and Trevor Booker (right knee) won't play but there are plenty of questions that still need answering, such as how they'll fill the gap inside without Emeka Okafor (herniated disk).
"I’m sure they’re ready for some live action," coach Randy Wittman said after practice Monday. "The first game is always a crapshoot. The excitement of the start of another year. Hundred miles an hour offensively. Throwing the ball all over…let’s hope not, but you never know."
John Wall didn't experience this last season when he was out with a stress injury in his knee. The year before that, the labor dispute between the NBA and players' union wiped out preseason.
"This is very big for us. Adding a couple new guys in, trying see which way you can switch up and play different guys in different situations and positions since we lost Emeka, our defensive anchor," Wall said. "It's pretty good just to go hard, go through training camp, then get four or five days of practice to prepare yourself for preseason and a trip to Brazil."
The Wizards will leave Tuesday for their second exhibition that'll take place in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday (NBATV, 5 p.m.).