After a huge Saturday win over the Brooklyn Nets, the Wizards head back home to face the Los Angeles Clippers. At stake: a chance to extend their win streak to five games AND an opportunity to go above .500 for the first time since November.
Now 18-13 on the season, the Clips find themselves in a very similar place as last year: A team with a phenomenal starting lineup that can go toe-to-toe with nearly any team in the league, but a weak bench that struggles to maintain leads.
This also marks the return of Paul Pierce to Washington, who signed with the Clippers this past offseason after a year with the Wizards. Though Pierce was responsible for many unforgettable moments in the playoffs (the best of which was his "I called Game" game-winning shot against the Hawks) he is struggling this season where he is averaging 4.6 points in 16.5 minutes per game, while shooting just 33 percent from the field.
When: 7 p.m. ET on Monday, December 28
Where: Verizon Center
Television: CSN Washington (D.C. area) and Prime Ticket (L.A. area)
Radio: 99.1 WNEW in DC, and the Beast 980 in LA.
For the Wizards, Alan Anderson (ankle), Bradley Beal (leg), Drew Gooden (calf), Nene (calf) are all out. Gary Neal’s status (back) is uncertain.
For the Clippers, Blake Griffin (quadriceps) is out and Austin Rivers (ankle) is a game-time decision.
Most likely Wizard Killer: Austin Rivers
That's what would make you the maddest, right? The third-year pro out of Duke and son of head coach and GM Doc Rivers is playing 22 minutes a game backing up Chris Paul and J.J. Redick. But in that time he’s averaging just 7.0 points per game and shooting 21 percent from three.
If he plays, he’ll be coming off an ankle injury. Sounds like a prime #WizKiller to me.