The Washington Wizards (12-24) head south to face the Orlando Magic (17-20) for the fourth time who they have not beaten this season. Wizards have won three of their last five games behind reserves and a Beal-less team. Bradley Beal has been out the last six games with a leg injury.
Despite that, Washington’s bench has been coming through leading them over top teams in the East and West: Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets and on Monday night the Boston Celtics. Wizards plan to continue this Wednesday night.
When: January 8 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Amway Center in Orlando, Florida
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington, 1500AM Radio
Wizards: Bradley Beal (Leg, Out); Garrison Matthews (Ankle, Out); Rui Hachimura (Groin, Out); Davis Bertans (Quad, Out); Ian Mahinmi (Hand, Questionable); Thomas Bryant (Foot, Out); Moritz Wagner (Ankle, Out); C.J. Miles (Hand, Out); John Wall (Achilles, Out)
Magic: Michael Carter-Williams (Shoulder, Out); Aaron Gordon (Achilles, Day-to-Day)
What to Look Out For
Ish Smith...Ish Smith...and more Ish Smith.
With injuries piling up, it was sure that Washington would be on a heavy losing streak especially with Beal nursing a leg injury. The starters haven’t been extremely noteworthy, but the reserves have come to play and show they’re here to work hard especially Ish Smith. Smith, in the last 10 games, has been averaging almost 17 per game.
In Monday night’s win over Boston, Smith scored 27 points and before that scored a career-high 32 in a West coast win over the Denver Nuggets while adding eight assists and three steals. He’s even scored in double figures in his last six games. Smith is on a mission even giving credit to a supportive bench. I mean when’s the last anyone heard ‘MVP’ chants for anyone other than Beal or John Wall? It’s been a while.