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Wizards vs. Pistons preview: Washington looks to fix road woes in Detroit

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The Wizards head into Detroit on Saturday against Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons, the first of four regular season meetings.

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Game Info

When: November 21@ 7:30PM EST
Where: Palace of Auburn Hills
TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic locally, NBA TV nationally
Radio: 99.1 WNEW in the Washington area

Injury Report

Bradley Beal: Questionable
Alan Anderson: Out
Martell Webster: Out
Jodie Meeks: Out
Brandon Jennings: Out

Marquee Matchups

Marcin Gortat vs. Andre Drummond

Marcin Gortat: 10.9 Points, 7.8 Rebounds, 1.6 Assists

Andre Drummond : 19.1 Points 18.9 Rebounds 1.4 Blocks

Gortat faces his biggest challenge of the season thus far in a head to head matchup against the Beast of the East, Andre Drummond. He's the league leader in rebounds and double-doubles at the moment, but Gortat believes he is ready to face him mono e mono on Saturday with his familiarity with Coach Stan Van Gundy and all. "He kind of looks like he is overweight sometimes but he's quick. He's explosive. Sometimes you can turn around and see the guy is just standing around, straight, not moving and then all of a sudden he crashes the boards quickly when you turn your head back. You gotta stay alert. I am probably going to stick to him and try to box him out. I am not even going to focus on going for the rebound. I am just going to box him out."

John Wall vs. Reggie Jackson

John Wall: 17.6 Points 3.4 Rebounds 8.6 Assists

Reggie Jackson: 20.6 Points 4.5 Rebounds 5.6 Assists

I think about Reggie Jackson more than I would like to now. He's led his team to a surprising 5-0 start, while Wall and the Wizards started the 2015-16 season 3-2. Reggie Jackson has also scored a career-high 40 points in a win against the Portland Trailblazers. John Wall ranks third in the NBA in assists per game (8.6) and is currently tied at seventh in steals per game (2.0).

Three Things to Watch For

Turnovers

It's no secret the Wizards have a consistency problem when it comes to turning the ball over.  Some people will blame the new system; others will blame the concepts of simple basketball and not being in the right spots on the floor.  Hopefully, the turnover issues that have plagued the Wizards early this season are a thing of the past.

Date

Opponent

Turnovers

Record

11/17

Bucks

12

115-86  W

11/14

Magic

11

108-99 W

11/10

Thunder

8

125-101 L

11/7

@Hawks

24

114-99 L

11/6

@Celtics

24

118-98 L


Rebounds

The Pistons have the fifth best rebounding rate in the NBA. The Wizards are 22nd.

Three Point Shooting

The Wizards are now an all-around three-point shooting team, through the first nine games of the season, the Wizards have made 12 three-pointers in a game three times, and they only accomplished this feat once last season.

Most impressive is the three point shooting of Kris Humphries and Jared Dudley. In the back-to-back wins versus the Magic and the Bucks, Humphries and Dudley combined for 10 of 24 from three (41.6 percent).

Storylines to Follow:

1. Bradley Beal returns to practice in limited capacity
2. Toughness becoming Pistons' top trait
3. Morning tip: How John Wall benefits from kind NBA schedule
4. John Wall notes he's paid same as less-heralded PG thanks to CBA