Game On: Wizards-Spurs preview

Game On: Wizards-Spurs preview
February 5, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Not only will the Wizards stay above .500 with a victory Wednesday, but they would complete a run of three consecutive wins vs. the three best teams in the Western Conference. 

TV: Wizards Central pregame show at 6:30 p.m. ET on CSN. Tipoff from Verizon Center at 7. Wizards Postgame Live immediately following the game. Radio: 106.7 FM.

Last game: Wizards (24-23) beat the Portland Trail Blazers 100-90 on Monday; Spurs (35-13) won at the New Orleans Pelicans 102-95 on Monday. Season series: Spurs lead 1-0.

Last meeting: San Antonio shot better than 50% from the field and contained Washington's backcourt at AT&T Center, taking a 19-point lead in the first half en route to a 92-79 victory on Nov. 13. 

Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Bradley Beal, SF Trevor Ariza, PF Nene, C Marcin Gortat. Spurs –- PG Tony Parker, SG Cory Joseph, SF Danny Green, PF Tim Duncan, C Boris Diaw.

Entry passes: 1). Wall was held to 5-for-19 shooting the first time and knocked out of the game from a blow to the face.  2). Ariza didn't play in the second half because of a hamstring strain. 3). Wizards only had six turnovers vs. Portland, three from a franchise record. 4). No Kawhi Leonard (right hand) has shifted Green from SG and Joseph, who only played eight minutes in the first meeting, into a starting role. 5). Team defense has to control Parker's dribble penetration which can cause havoc. 

X-factors: Trevor Booker, who left the team because of a family matter and didn't play vs. Portland, is back with the team and will be available, which means Jan Vesely may not get any playing time. ... G Shannon Brown was immediately waived by the Wizards after he was acquired in a trade that brought Gortat. He recently signed a 10-day contract with San Antonio and has played in two games. He averages nine minutes but hasn't made a field goal. 

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He said it: "They had a clinic against us offensively in San Antonio. We've done a better job of moving the ball, getting everybody involved. We've had five or six people shooting double-digit shots, which is good for us. That's the kind of game we have to have to win." -- backup point guard Garrett Temple

Around the bend: The Wizards will practice Thursday and shoot around Friday morning before playing the Cleveland Cavaliers later at Verizon Center (CSN, 7).

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