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Wizards seek revenge in Charlotte as they aim to stop four game slide

After falling short at home to the Hornets on Monday, can the Wizards turn things around in Charlotte to end their four game losing streak?

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The Charlotte Hornets are 11-4 in 2015 despite injuries to key players.

The Washington Wizards are 9-10 over the same stretch, yet without any major injuries or losses.

Wait, I'm not done: The Hornets started the season 10-23; the Wizards 22-9. Charlotte is on a two game winning streak, winners of 7 of their last 10. Washington, is on a four game losing streak and hasn't seen a win since the end of January.

How are the Wiz Kids going to stop this ... horror?

When and where? 7 p.m. EST from Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. Watch on CSN Washington.

Who's out? For the Wizards, no one is out, though John Wall, DeJuan Blair and Kevin Seraphin are all listed as day to day. For the Hornets, PG Kemba Walker remains out, as do Jannero Pargo and Marvin Williams.

Are they good? I feel like we've been here before... Can I just copy and paste what I wrote on Monday? Ok sure, I will, but with some changes: At 21-27, the Hornets are currently seeded seventh should the NBA playoffs begin today. They are 5-4 against the Southeast Division - Washington is 5-5 against division foes - and 15-12 against the rest of the conference. Charlotte is just playing good ball right now: With 44.1 rebounds per game, they rank 10th in the NBA - but what's more is they're allowing just 96.9 ppg. The Hornets have won four straight against the Wizards, holding them to an average of 88.8 points.

State of the Wizards? In the last three games against Charlotte, Wall has averaged just 13.3 points on 29.2 percent shooting. Beal is showing much of the same, averaging 16 points per game the last four. But it's not just Charlotte giving the Wizards trouble, it's themselves. Losers of four straight, including six of the last 10, the Wizards are seeing their status as a top feared Eastern Conference team slip away. What's more is their offense is stifling, now averaging 99.8 ppg.

Defense? The Wizards have allowed an opponent to score more than 50 points in the first half in six straight games. Woof.

Bench play? In last night's loss to Atlanta, the bench had just 14 points. Yes, you read that correctly. Double woof.

Looking ahead? After tonight's game, the Wizards have just three more to play - vs Brooklyn and Orlando and at Toronto - before a nine day break around All Star Weekend. They then open up after the break at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers (yikes). Regardless of how the Wizards do in their next four games before the break, they MUST focus on the bigger picture: Consistent play, better defense, smarter shot selection wins against quality teams and prepping mentally for the playoffs. The postseason won't be a long one for the Wiz if this sad play continues.