1. Nene ready to go vs. Orlando
In surprising news, the shoulder that gave Nene some issues after the team's win against the Detroit Pistons will be fine to go against the Magic. Nene had felt some pain in his right shoulder, which obviously caused some concern around the Wizards community because of his history with injuries.
Fortunately, though, he went through practice yesterday without any problems and will be available to play.
2. Bradley Beal is moving in the right direction
This is the news we have all been waiting for. Beal got his wrist looked at yesterday and the results were as good as we could ask for.
"The report was terrific," his agent Mark Bartelstein told CSNwashington.com, declining to be more specific. "It's all good news ... there were no setbacks."
If things continue over the next few days without any setbacks, there is a strong chance Beal could practice on Monday with the team.
3. NBA reveals Christmas Day jerseys
We got a glimpse of the jerseys during the offseason. Yesterday, the NBA gave the official word, and photos, of what the Christmas Day jerseys will look like. Here's what John Wall will be wearing.
What do you think? Will you buy one or will you pass on it?
4. Charles Barkley does not like the Wizards' name
So, yes, Barkley apparently is refusing to use the team's official name when speaking about them. And while I hate to be the bearer of bad news, there's almost no way they are going back to the "Bullets" given its association with violence and Ted Leonsis' respect for Abe Pollin. There will always be two sides to this argument, but that's just my feeling.
5. Wizards take on Orlando tonight
The Wizards (6-2) and Magic (4-6) will square up for the second time this season tonight at the Verizon Center. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet and heard on 99.1 WNEW.
This isn't a game to take lightly. The Wizards may have won the first matchup, but Orlando will likely have Victor Oladipo this time around and he could bring the jolt of energy they need. So far, the Wizards have taken care of business against lesser opponents. Tonight, in just their second game in the past week, they will need to come out strong and do the job once again.
Bonus: Kris Humphries bringing physicality
Since regaining his form after his injury, Humphries has done a great job providing exactly what this team expected from him -- a physical presence. As he continues to round into game shape, Humphries should become a huge factor in the team's success throughout the season.