When: Wednesday, February 13 at 7:30 pm Eastern Time
Where: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: John Wall (Out, Heel), Dwight Howard (Out, Back), Troy Brown Jr. (Out, Anke), Satoransky (Day-to-day, personal)
Raptors: Fred VanVleet (Out, Thumb)
What to Watch for
The Raptors are hot right now
Toronto is the second-best team in the Eastern Conference with a 42-16 record, and they have won five straight coming into this game. Kawhi Leonard is leading the way in points (27.0) and steals (1.9) per game. Besides containing Leonard, the Wizards need to guard Kyle Lowry who is averaging a team-high of 9.1 assists per game this season and shooting 47.1 percent from deep over the Raptors’ five-game win streak.
Bobby Portis continuing to contribute
Portis is making up for lost time in a big way. He only played in nine games between the start of the season and January 4. On January 6, he put up 17 points and 5 rebounds in his first game back with Chicago. He followed it up with a string of solid performances until he got traded to Washington last week.
He has carried that spark over to the Wizards. He’s averaging 21.3 points per game on 54.3 percent shooting from the field while making 10 of his 18 shots from deep since joining Washington last week. They’ll need more of his
Jeremy Lin could make his debut against the Wizards on Wednesday
Lin is no longer with the Atlanta Hawks after completing a buyout with the team on Monday. He announced he will join the Raptors once he clears waivers. The point guard is averaging 10.7 points and 3.5 assists per game, numbers comparable to what Fred VanVleet posted before injuring his thumb earlier this week. With VanVleet injured and Delon Wright in Memphis after the Marc Gasol trade, it wouldn’t be surprising if Lin gets minutes right away.
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THANK YOU to the Hawks so much for this opportunity. Coming off of 2 years of being injured, you helped me become myself again on the basketball court and allowed me to experience the joy of hoops again! Thank you to the Ressler family, to Travis, to Coach Pierce, to my teammates. An organization that does things the right way, treats people the right way! What an honor it's been to get to play with Vince the and to watch these young guys develop. The future is bright for Atlanta!!! I truly mean that! Everyone who knows me knows how big my dreams are and that I have so much left to give to the game. Hyped to join the Raptors!! Galatians 6:9 #WeTheNorth #NeverDone