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Blazers Vs. Wizards Preview, TV Schedule, Game Thread And More

2011/12 NBA Regular Season

19-21 9-29
March 10, 2012
Verizon Center
7 PM
Raymond Felton PG John Wall
Nicolas Batum SG Jordan Crawford
Gerald Wallace SF Chris Singleton
LaMarcus Aldridge PF Trevor Booker
Marcus Camby C JaVale McGee

PREGAME READING: Blazers Edge | SB Nation D.C.

Is it better to be a bad team that we all knew would be bad, or a good team that's going through a stretch where they look like one of the worst teams in the league? If you answered yes to the first one, then you'd rather be a Wizards fan than a Blazers fan. Since the Blazers' shocking loss to the Wizards a couple weeks ago, they have fallen on really hard times. Last night, they played one of the single worst games I've ever seen in a blowout loss to the Celtics. There are reports of locker-room problems, and the seat under Nate McMillan is growing hotter every day.

McMillan's pre-game press conference was a grave seen, with McMillan admitting that there was no easy fix for the Blazers' woes.

"We got to quit talking about it. We just got to go out and do it," he said.

Meanwhile, Randy Wittman spoke very briefly and didn't really talk about much. Wish I could report more, but that was a brief pregame address. Other notes:

  • McMillan said the Blazers need to build a wall on John Wall in transition, much like every other coach says. When I asked him how he prevents the Wizards from breaking down their defense like they did in the last matchup, McMillan stressed limiting turnovers offensively and not letting the Wizards get into the open floor.
  • No Rashard Lewis again tonight, as he's inactive.

Second thread coming if we reach 300 comments. I don't have the camera with me because someone else needed to borrow it, so no postgame video tonight. Sorry.