Game On: Wizards-Kings preview

Game On: Wizards-Kings preview
February 9, 2014, 11:00 am
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The Wizards can't afford another loss to a losing team such as the Kings, who may not have one of their best players, as they try to get back to .500 overall, including at Verizon Center on Sunday. This will be their fifth consecutive home game before a two-game road trip going into the All-Star break. 

TV: Wizards Central pregame show on CSN, 5:30 p.m. ET. Tip-off from Verizon Center at 6. Wizards Postgame Live immediately afterwards. Radio: 1500 AM. 106.7 FM.

Last game: Wizards (24-25) lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 115-113 on Friday; Kings (17-33) lost at the Boston Celtics 99-89 on Friday. 

Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Bradley Beal, SF Trevor Ariza, PF Nene, C Marcin Gortat. Kings –- PG Isaiah Thomas, SG Travis Outlaw, SF Derrick Williams, PF Jason Thompson, C DeMarcus Cousins.

Entry passes: 1). Wizards can score more than enough points, but if they don't get stops early it's not a good sign. 2). The third quarter in the last two losses has been pivotal as the Spurs were able to come back and the Cavs extended their lead entering the fourth. 3). PF Trevor Booker only played eight minutes, even though the Wizards could've used his rebounding vs. the Cavs. 4). Beal has shot 19-for-59 in his last four games, including 3-for-12 from 3-point range. 

X-factors: Kings SF Rudy Gay (ill) missed the previous game and didn't attend Saturday's practice. SG Marcus Thornton (right hip contusion) is being called questionable. He didn't fully practice. 

He said it: "Everybody's on the same page of reality. We've just got to learn how to face that and change it. We can't go into any games and wait until the last quarter, last four minutes, last six minutes, see where we're at and turn it on and try to pull a game out. We got to start it from opening tip. " -- Wizards coach Randy Wittman

Around the bend: The Wizards will practice Monday before leaving later in the day for Tuesday's game at the Memphis Grizzlies (CSN, 8 p.m. ET).