The Wizards welcome the Orlando Magic to town on Saturday night while in the midst of a slump where they've lost three straight by 15 or more, including a 24 point loss on Tuesday to the Thunder.
Now that the #KD2DC hoopla behind them, they'll look to get back on track and get back in the win column against a divisional foe that will likely be without one of their best players, Victor Oladipo who suffered a concussion Wednesday night.
When: November 14 @ 7 PM EST.
Where: Verizon Center
TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic,
Radio: 99.1 WNEW in the Washington area.
For the Wizards, Alan Anderson and Martell Webster remain out while Bradley Beal is questionable with the shoulder injury that kept him out of Tuesday's game.
For the Magic, Victor Oladipo is unlikely to play after suffering a concussion.
What to watch for
Can Otto Porter have a third straight productive game? Otto has been hot and cold this young season when it comes to scoring. One of the few bright spots in the Atlanta game was Otto scoring a career high 23 points on 8-12 shooting. Otto followed that up with 14 points and five rebounds in just three quarters against OKC as the starters watched the game from the bench in the fourth quarter during the blowout. Otto has a chance to string together a third straight productive game and be counted on more and more as the season rolls along.
Is this the game where Jared Dudley starts knocking down those open threes? The Wizards brought in Dudley to be their stretch-4 to knock down open three pointers but that hasn't happened yet. Dudley is averaging just 4.2 points per game this season and is shooting a not-so-great, 23.1 percent from three-point range. On top of that, many of these are open threes; they just aren't falling. Dudley has a chance to redeem himself and will most likely be matched up against Aaron Gordon who is a good defender in the paint but can sometimes get lost up around the three-point arc.
Where's the defense? During this three-game skid, the Wizards have given up an average of 119 points. To no one's surprise, it was reported that the primary focus at practice these last few days was on defense. Let's keep it simple here; the Wizards aren't going to win a whole bunch of games until they start taking defense seriously. Or you know... holding teams under 110 points.