Game On: Wizards-Sixers preview

Game On: Wizards-Sixers preview
October 31, 2013, 9:00 pm
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Wizards still trying to work Gortat into lineup

The Wizards are coming off a disjointed and disappointing performance in their 2013-14 season opener while the Sixers are riding high after knocking off the two-time champs. ... 

TV: CSN, 7 p.m. ET at Verizon Center. Radio: WFED-AM 1500

Last game: Lost the season-opener at the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, 113-102 and were beaten in every category, fast-break points, rebounding, second-chance points, etc. The Sixers opened at home with an upset of the Miami Heat 114-110 on Wednesday, shooting 53% from the field and being plus-9 in rebounding.  

Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Bradley Beal, SF Trevor Ariza, PF Nene, C Marcin Gortat. Sixers –- PG Michael Carter-Williams, SG James Anderson, SF Evan Turner, PF Thaddeus Young, C Spencer Hawes.

Question marks: 1). Will Gortat finally start to give the Wizards more scoring options instead of Trevor Booker, who started at PF in the opener? 2). How effective can Nene be with a left calf strain? 3). Will Wall shoot fewer than 21 times? 4). Were the 22 points, 12 assists, nine steals and seven rebounds from Carter-Williams vs. the Heat an aberration? 5). Will the Wizards' best three-point shooter from a season ago, Martell Webster, get more than one shot in 21 minutes?

X-factors: No one believes Turner, who was drafted No. 2 overall behind Wall in 2010, is a better player but there's a natural rivalry there and Turner scored 26 in the opener. … Eric Maynor and Al Harrington. Free-agent acquisitions eventually will play better than they have so far. 

He said it: "We just know throughout the whole preseason, the whole training camp, we didn't play defense that bad. So far, it's only one game. When we play defense like we can we got back in the game and got (the deficit) to four. They made shots and we didn't get shots that we needed to close it out." -- Wall speaking after practice Thursday on what went wrong in Detroit

Around the bend: The Wizards practice at Verizon Center on Friday morning before the game. They'll likely practice at home Saturday before leaving for Sunday's game at the Miami Heat (CSN, 6 p.m. ET).