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Wizards vs. Warriors preview: Washington faces Golden State on Wednesday night

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NBA: Washington Wizards at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Game Info

When: Wednesday, October 24 at 10:30 pm Eastern Time
Where: Oracle Arena in Oakland, California
TV: NBC Sports Washington

Injury Report

Wizards: Dwight Howard (Out, Lower Back) Ian Mahinmi (Questionable, Back)

Warriors: DeMarcus Cousins (Out, Achilles) Shaun Livingston (Questionable, Left Knee)

What to Watch for

Wizards have 1 win under their belt

Winning is, no doubt, a confidence booster and is exactly what Washington needed after losing their first two games at home. Once again, Beal and Wall didn’t surprise us by showing up but it was Markieff Morris and Kelly Oubre Jr., who both contributed impressive season-highs of 28 and 22 points respectively to help the Wizards get their first win of the season. When Wizards players, beyond Beal and Wall, show up, the team is in a greater position for success.

Wizards haven’t beaten Golden State since February 27, 2017

The 3-1 Warriors won both games against Washington last season, including their game last October where they overcame an 18-point deficit to win by 3. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant are leading Golden State in scoring with 30.5 points and 26.8 points per game respectively, leaving the Wizards no choice but to make sure they are contained the same way they limited Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum on Monday. Oh, and don’t let Klay Thompson get hot from behind the arc.

Wizards on their best behaviors

Last year, the fight between Draymond Green and Bradley Beal resulted in a $50,000 fine for Beal and one-game suspensions to Markieff Morris and Carrick Felix for leaving the bench. More importantly, the Beal-less Wizards lost their momentum and a chance at an early-season statement win over the champions.

After a rocky start with ejections in the preseason and the regular season already, the Wizards cannot afford to lose anyone, including coach Brooks, to technical fouls or ejections this time around. The Wizards are going to have to lock in and contain their emotions if they want to keep this game competitive.

A random moment in Wizards – Warriors history: John Wall throws down a left-handed dunk

More of this on Wednesday, please.