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Wizards vs. Raptors preview: Washington looks to bounce back after loss in season opener

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NBA: Playoffs-Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Game Info

When: Saturday, October 20 at 7:00 pm Eastern Time
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington, NBA TV

Injury Report

Wizards: Dwight Howard (Questionable, Back)

Raptors: Kawhi Leonard (Out, Rest), OG Anunoby (Questionable, Orbital Contusion), Delon Wright (Questionable, Abductor Strain)

What to Watch for

Otto, why don’t you shoot?

Since media day, one of the biggest topics of discussion has revolved around Porter shooting more threes and even Coach Scott Brooks asked the media to get on Porter about it. “Ask him questions about that every time: ‘Otto, why don’t you shoot?’ He needs to shoot the ball. He passes up three or four shots a game”, Brooks said during Media Day.

Porter, one of the best three-point shooters in the league, had zero attempts from behind the arc during Thursday night’s loss to the Heat. He scored nine points, going 3-of-7 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free-throw line.

Who’s got Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard?

There’s a new tandem to look out for when it comes to the Raptors. The Lowry/DeRozan tandem has been replaced with Lowry/Leonard. In their team’s season opener against the Cavs, Lowry went off with 27 points and 8 assists while Leonard followed with an impressive 24 points and 13 boards. Looks like they’re not having trouble meshing, so the Wizards need to be ready defensively.

*UPDATE:* Looks like we'll have to wait to see them together. Kawhi is not playing.

John Wall is not holding back

Although the Wizards didn’t come out with a win in their first game, the work and energy Wall put forward translated into leading his team in scoring with 26 points. Wall’s visible aggressiveness kept his team’s momentum high and anyone watching can just tell he has a fire under him. A few weeks ago, the veteran point guard said “I think for me to have a heck of a career—if I don’t win a championship, I feel like my career was a failure. So that’s my ultimate goal.”

There’s a will and John’s trying to find a way.

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