Just days after playing a game in Boston that was bumped off the national TV schedule, the Wizards got word on Friday that they’ve got a new game on the national schedule. Their game against the Thunder on Monday, February 13 has been moved to 8 p.m. ET so it can be featured on TNT. It will take the place of a Spurs-Pacers game that was originally supposed to be aired at that time.
The main attraction will of course be the battle between John Wall and Russell Westbrook, but there are some other storylines to keep in mind with this game. This will be the first time the Thunder and Wizards have met since their overtime battle earlier this season. Washington will be eager to get some revenge after letting a winnable game slip through their hands.
This is also going to be the first time in Thunder history that they’ve visited the Verizon Center since Kevin Durant joined the Warriors in the off-season. It will be interesting to see how much different the atmosphere at the game will be now that the hometown hero is no longer part of the festivities. With all due respect to Victor Oladipo, he’s probably not going to create the same amount buzz in the crowd as the #KD2DC hype train did.
The promotion also the Wizards’ last two home games before the All-Star break will be on national TV. Their game on Friday, February 10 against the Indiana Pacers is set to be featured on ESPN as well.