Game On: Wizards-Nets preview

Game On: Wizards-Nets preview
November 7, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Now that the Wizards have their first win under their belt, they aim to get their first at home tomorrow night. ... 

TV: CSN, 7 p.m. ET at Verizon Center. Radio: 1500 AM and 106.7 FM. Tune in at 6:30 for Wizards Central on CSN. Wizards Postgame Live at 9:30 with Christy Winters-Scott and Ron Thompson. 

Last game: Won at the Philadelphia 76ers 116-102 as the Wizards (1-3) tied a franchise-record set in 2004 with 18 three-pointers and had seven players score in double figures; Nets (2-2) beat the Utah Jazz 104-88 behind 51.3% shooting from the field.

Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Bradley Beal, SF Trevor Ariza, PF Nene, C Marcin Gortat. Nets –- PG Deron Williams, SG Joe Johnson, SF Paul Pierce, PF Kevin Garnett, C Brook Lopez.

Question marks: 1). Will coach Randy Wittman stick with what worked for him in Philadelphia by starting Nene next to Gortat? 

2). Although the Nets have size in the post, can the guards for the Wizards step up the pace to make their foot speed a liability ?

3). Can the defense finally hold an opponent to less than 100 points?

4). Al Harrington appears to have come around so how much longer for Eric Maynor to get fully acclimated?

5). If Wall can outplay Williams, is he worthy of being in the All-Star conversation?

X-factors: Trevor Booker. After starting the first three games, he didn't play vs. the Sixers. He'd dislocated the left index finger vs. the Miami Heat over the weekend but has practiced. ... Nene. If his left calf strain isn't an issue and can contribute 29 minutes per game on a regular basis, the Wizards will have size, too.  

He said it: "They're a somewhat older team. We'll try to use our strength and our speed and quickness to try to beat them up the floor." -- Beal 

Around the bend: The Wizards practice at Verizon Center on Friday morning before tip-off.