The Washington Wizards are returning to action quickly on a very tough back-to-back matching up with the San Antonio Spurs after playing in Oklahoma City last night. It was also their first win of the season!
When: Saturday, Oct. 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET
Where: AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
How many three pointers will Washington attempt tonight? — The Wizards are letting it fly from deep. The Spurs on the other hand are one of the best perimeter defending teams due to their coordination and zone-like help schemes. Something will have to give and this might be the determining factor in this game. Beal had an abysmal shooting night against Luka Doncic and Co. (going 1/11). Will the stats come back to the curve tonight?
Davis Bertans returns to his old stomping grounds — Another interesting story line is whether Davis Bertans delivers a classic revenge game to the team that waived him so easily to land Marcus Morris (but then lost both as Morris reneged on the verbal agreement...).
Finally, can Thomas Bryant show some defense? He has struggled so far and LA is no easy match-up. Good luck.
Flashback: The M of TMC, Mitch Richmond
After the last time the Wizards played the Spurs back in April, Wesley Johnson was waived. In case you were wondering, he is now coming off the bench in the EuroLeague for Panathinaikos in Greece.
When was the last time the Wizards won in San Antonio? 20 years ago. Yes. This might be the NBA’s worst away losing streak. Mitch Richmond (until recently an assistant coach for St. John’s on Chris Mullin’s staff) scored 31 points to lead the Wizards back then past David Robinson and Tim Duncan (if anyone can find video links to that came please post them in the comments!). Gregg Popovich has since taken the Wizards very seriously... and has never lost to them again on his home floor.