Game On: Wizards-Sixers preview

Game On: Wizards-Sixers preview
November 5, 2013, 6:30 pm
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Wall speaks on Wizards' inconsistent offense

The Wizards are still looking for their first victory, but it'll have to come on the road where they play three of their first four games. They blew a 13-point lead against them last week. ... 

TV: CSN, 7 p.m. ET at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Radio: WFED 1500 AM; The Fan 106.7 FM. Updates every 15 minutes on the hour from J. Michael on WTOP 103.5 FM

Pregame/postgame: Wizards Central with hosts Christy Winters-Scott and Ron Thompson on CSN at 6:30. Wizards Postgame Live at approximately 9:30.

Last game: Wizards (0-3) lost at the Miami Heat 103-93 on Sunday; Sixers (3-1) lost at home 110-90 to the Golden State Warriors on Monday. 

Last meeting: Thaddeus Young scored 29 points and Evan Turner had 23 to beat the Wizards 109-102 in their home opener at Verizon Center on Nov. 1. 

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

What to look for: 1). Will the defense that gave up 74 points in the paint to the Sixers in the first meeting show up, or the one that held the Heat to 36? 2). Wall vs. Carter-Williams is shaping up to be a good rivalry as the rookie was no match for him in the first half; 3). Will Young play like an All-Star again? 4). Reserve F Al Harrington is due for a big game; 5). Can what had been a top 10 scoring defense keep an opponent to less than 100 points for the first time this season? 

X-factors: Will Nene, who has missed the last two games with a left calf strain, suit up. … Back spasms for Wall. He was limited by them after a 23-point first half in the first meeting.

He said it: "We just got to have that vibe of putting it together for 48 minutes. They're capable of it. It's something that's fixable. From a coaching standpoint, you like that. When you think its unfixable, then you've got some troubles." -- Wizards coach Randy Wittman

Around the bend: The Wizards will return to D.C. after the game and practice Thursday and Friday afternoon before their second home game vs. the Brooklyn Nets (CSN, 7)