Saturday’s game: Wizards-Warriors preview

Saturday’s game: Wizards-Warriors preview
March 23, 2013, 12:00 pm
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Wizards vs. Warriors

at Oracle Arena

TV: CSN, 10:30 p.m. ET

Season series: Warriors lead 1-0.

Last meeting: The Wizards lost 101-97 on Dec. 8 at Verizon Center. They were out-rebounded 57-37. PF David Lee led Golden State with 24 points and 17 rebounds. The Wizards stayed competitive because of 59 points from the bench. Free-throwing shooting, however, helped the Warriors close out the victory.

Previous game: The Wizards won at the Los Angeles Lakers 103-100 on Friday, erasing an 18-point deficit, to improve to 25-43. The Warriors lost at the San Antonio Spurs 104-93 on Wednesday to fall 39-31.

Projected starting lineups: Wizards -– PG Wall, SG Garrett Temple, SF Martell Webster, PF Nene, C Jason Collins. Warriors –- PG Stephen Curry, SG Klay Thompson, SF Harrison Barnes, PF Lee, C Andrew Bogut.

Pivotal matchup: Nene vs. Lee. Showing signs of life as he fights through various ailments, Nene will be needed here to keep order in the paint. Lee had a field day last time these teams met. Nene doesn't always have to score to be effective. He can be an exceptional interior passer, getting a lot of "hockey assists" to help the Wizards’ guards knock down open looks. But a 20-rebound advantage can’t repeat itself, particularly with shooters such as Curry and Thompson getting second chances.

Trending upward: Wall is averaging 23.4 points in his last seven games. He only had one turnover vs. the Lakers as the Wizards only turned over the ball nine times. ... Temple continues to show confidence in his jump shot, too. He went 0-for-4 in Phoenix but responded with 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting. 

Trending downward: Nene and backup C Kevin Seraphin combined to play 63 minutes but they only pulled down five rebounds each in Los Angeles. ... Fs Chris Singleton and Jan Vesely haven't much attention on this road trip despite being short-handed in the post without starting C Emeka Okafor (flu) for two games. Singleton hasn't gotten off the bench, last playing March 12 at the Cleveland Cavaliers. Vesely has made two appearances, five total minutes, at the Charlotte Bobcats and at the Phoenix Suns. 

He said it: "I've won twice against the Lakers, once at home, and just to come here and win my first game ever at Staples Center is great." -- Wall.

Around the bend: Monday vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 7 p.m. ET; Wednesday at Oklahoma City Thunder, 8; Friday at Orlando Magic, 7. All games on CSN.