Wizards looking forward to six-game road trip

Wizards looking forward to six-game road trip
October 12, 2012, 5:30 pm
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Bradley Beal poses at Wizards media day.

(Wizards Extreme)

After spending a week together at a hotel on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax the Wizards are about to get to know each other’s travel habits on the road.

Beginning Saturday in Cleveland the Wizards will play their final six preseason games on the road. They’ll start with the Cavaliers at 7 p.m. on Saturday, then head to Brooklyn for a game on Monday [7:30 p.m. CSN], Toronto for a game on Wednesday [7 p.m.], return home for two practices, then hit the road for games in Milwaukee on Saturday, Oct. 20 [8:30 p.m.], at Miami on Oct. 24 [8:30 p.m., CSN] and at San Antonio on Oct. 26 [8:30 p.m., CSN].
Is this a drudgery or an opportunity?

“Every situation is an opportunity,” said half-glass-full forward Martell Webster. “How are we going to look at? We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We’re all we got.

“Nobody is going to come in here with a cape and save us. It’s an opportunity for us go out on the road and show people that we’re capable of winning on the road. If you can win on the road and take care of [business at] home, that’s dangerous. If you can establish yourself as a team not to mess with on the road, we have to look at it like that.”

The Wizards went 9-24 on the road last season, the fifth-worst road record in the NBA. They open the regular season with five of their first seven games on the road.   

“This is going to be a good test for us to see how far we’ve come from our first road [preseason] game to see how we end up at the end of the preseason,” said guard A.J. Price.

“I think it’s something we need. We almost have to come together. We’re going to be by ourselves and we need to play within ourselves and within the system.”

For rookie guard Bradley Beal this is his first time on an extended NBA road trip. The 19-year-old from St. Louis said he’s looking forward to seeing new cities.
“I have to get used to it,” he said. “Get used to being on the road a lot and being able to travel from city to city almost every night. It’s a big adjustment but I'm looking forward to it.”