When: Sunday, January 29 at 7:00 pm Eastern Time
Where: AT&T Center
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Markieff Morris (Out, Neck), John Wall (Out, Heel), Dwight Howard (Out, Back)
Spurs: LaMarcus Aldridge (Questionable, wrist), DeMar DeRozan (Questionable, Knee), Dejounte Murray (Out, Knee)
What to Watch for
Jeff Green, keep that same energy!
We’ve seen plenty of glimpses of how good Jeff Green is this season so it was no surprise that in Friday night’s game against the Magic, he finished with a season-high 24 points. The ten-year veteran is averaging 11.8 points per game, but he’s capable of much more like he showed in Orlando. His last performance should give him extra confidence going into this game.
Beal throwing down more hammers
Beal has a lot of weight on his shoulders as he carries the Wizards while averaging over 37 minutes per game, but he’s still finding the energy to explode to the hole for monstrous dunks late in games. He led his team in scoring on Friday with 27 points and is averaging 24.7 this season. Starting or not starting, Beal is an All-Star.
DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge lead their team across the board
If DeRozan and Aldridge are both out with injuries, this will be an entirely different game because they’re the two best players on the team. DeRozan is leading the team in points with 21.5 per game and Aldridge trails him with 20.6 points per game. DeRozan is averaging a team-high 35.4 minutes per game and Aldridge follows with 32.6 minutes per game. Aldridge also leads the Spurs in rebounds (8.6) and blocks (1.2) per game. DeRozan leads the team in assists (6.3 per game) and steals (1.1 per game).
Gregg Popovich has shown over the years he can pick up wins even when his best players are out, but this one will be more challenging than most.