Game On: Wizards can't take past success for granted

Game On: Wizards can't take past success for granted
March 15, 2014, 3:15 pm
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What happened in the past, even if it was earlier this season, doesn't matter now to the Wizards. The Brooklyn Nets are a different team, winning eight of their last 10 games and beating the Miami Heat three times this season. 

The Wizards won't have to watch the results and standings Saturday night. The Nets are here.  

"You've got to watch it and see what's going on," Wizards forward Al Harrington said of results involving East playoff contenders such as the Nets, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Bobcats. "It's all about seeding and stuff like that."

The Raptors (37-27) are going to be difficult to catch for the No. 3 seed unless they have a meltdown in the last 18 games. The Bulls (36-29) are more reachable at No. 4, a spot that guarantees home-court advantage in the first round, with an April 5 meeting at Verizon Center. The Wizards have won both meetings with them this season. 

TV: Wizards Central pregame show begins 6:30 ET on CSN. Tipoff from Verizon Center is at 7 andWizards Postgame Live comes immediately after the game ends. Radio: 106.7 FM. 1500 AM. 

Last game: Wizards (34-31) won at Orlando Magic 105-101 OT on Friday; Nets (33-30) won at Miami Heat 96-95 on Wednesday. 

Last meeting: The Wizards won 113-107 at Barclays Center on Dec. 18 as they finished 2013 strong by winning five of their last six games. Season series: Wizards lead 2-0. 

Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Trevor Ariza, SF Martell Webster, PF Trevor Booker, C Marcin Gortat. Nets –- PG Deron Williams, SG Shaun Livingston, SF Joe Johnson, PF Paul Pierce, C Mason Plumlee.

X-factors: F Otto Porter or F Chris Singleton will move up the rotation if Webster starts and will get a chance to earn those minutes. ... C Kevin Seraphin (right knee) played for the first time in eight games in Orlando and could be in line for more pending his conditioning.   

Around the bend: The Wizards will be off Sunday after playing back-to-back games and practice Monday at Verizon Center before leaving for a four-game West coast trip that begins at the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday (CSN+, 10 p.m. ET). 

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