Washington Wizards vs LA Clippers Preview
Wizards 5-11 vs Clippers 11-5
When: Sunday, November 20, at 7 p.m.
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington, FSPT / Radio: 1500 AM, AM 570 LA Sports
Wizards: Dwight Howard (Day to Day/ Gluteal Soreness)
Clippers: Luc Mbah a Moute (Out/ Knee), Danilo Gallinari (Day to Day/ Illness), Avery Bradley (Out)
110.9 - points per game
116.9 - points against
45.3 - Field goal %
117.9 - points per game
112.8 - points against
47.2 - field goal %
Keep an eye on:
Who’s willing to fight? It’s as bad as can be with the Wizards currently. Trade rumors, arguments in practice and players calling out the front office is national news now. The only way out this mess is to compete on both ends for 48 minutes and start to win games. Who’s willing to fight to come out this dysfunction? Time will tell.
Play the bench more: The energy the bench displayed in a comeback attempt in a loss to Portland Sunday was encouraging. Washington’s reserves led by Kelly Oubre’s 19 points, scored 55 points, including outscoring Portland 39-29 in the fourth quarter. It wasn’t just the offensive production it was the spirited defense that actually made it a game late. Big impacts from Jeff Green (7 points, 13 rebounds), Tomas Satoransky (10 points, 7 assist), Austin Rivers (8 points, 3 rebounds) led the charge. If Washington’s starters don’t want to compete, at this point, letting the reserves get the minutes makes the most sense. It’s about competing and ultimately winning, the players who are driven to bring that need to be playing moving forward.