Game On: Wizards-Nuggets preview

Game On: Wizards-Nuggets preview
December 8, 2013, 7:30 pm
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A victory Monday, no matter how it is achieved, will be a plus for the Wizards who are decimated once again by injuries and lacking healthy post players. 

TV: CSN, 7 p.m. ET at Verizon Center. Radio: 106.7 FM. 1500 AM.

Last game: Wizards (9-10) lost to the Milwaukee Bucks at home Friday 109-105 in overtime as they lost two starters to injuries; Nuggets (12-8) won at the Philadelphia 76ers 103-92 on Saturday, ending a two-game losing streak. 

Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Trevor Ariza, SF Martell Webster, PF Jan Vesely, C Marcin Gortat. Nuggets –- PG Andre Miller, SG Randy Foye, SF Wilson Chandler, PF Kenneth Faried, C J.J. Hickson.

[RELATED: Webster improving, could play Monday]

Entry passes: 1). If Nene isn't able to play, Vesely not only has to provide more offense than he has this season but stay out of foul trouble. 2). Nuggets PG Ty Lawson missed the previous game with a left hamstring strain and Miller started in his place. 3). Defense. Can't allow the Nuggets to shoot 60% from the field in the first quarter -- like in the last game -- and play from behind when short-handed. 4). Will Glen Rice get a shot to play? 5). If Webster plays, it's unlikely he'll be able to do anything more than catch and shoot because of a left ankle sprain. 

X-factors: Al Harrington (right knee) had a setback in trying to rush back to action and won't play and the availability of Nene (sore right foot) and Kevin Seraphin (sore right knee) is questionable at best. Chris Singleton, who shot 1-for-10 in the last game, has yet another chance to prove himself. As does one of the guards off the bench, Eric Maynor, Garrett Temple or Rice. ... Otto Porter will play in his second game but his minutes still will be limited. 

He said it: “I don't think it's a reality. We were upset because feel this is a game we should win. You got to win these type of games. You got to win back-to-back games. We've talked if you want to make the playoffs, you've got to win these type of games. We feel like we let on slip away." -- Wall, after practice following the OT loss to three-win Milwaukee

Around the bend: The Wizard have practiced the last few days, need to get healthy and likely will be off Tuesday, and practice Wednesday and Thursday before leaving to play the Atlanta Hawks on Friday (CSN+, 7:30 p.m. ET).