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The Washington Wizards are continuing their scrimmage games, mostly with top-tier West Coast franchises. After training with the Denver Nuggets, they now face another Western Conference powerhouse in the Clippers, before meeting LeBron and the Lakers on Monday.
When: Saturday, July 25 at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Disney World, Orlando, Florida
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Bradley Beal, Davis Bertans, John Wall (out), Ian Mahinmi (Day-to-Day).
Clippers: Montrezl Harrell, Lou Williams, Patrick Beverly (out), Ivica Zubac (Day-to-Day).
Tough come-back-to-action schedule - What can be harder than coming back to action against perhaps the top 3 teams in the West? Nuggets, Clippers, Lakers is quite an impressive line-up for the mostly youngster line-up of Wiz that Scott Brooks has called last year the “Washington U”.
Can Rui get some help please? - In the first game against the Nuggets it was tough for the Wizards to get points. Rui chipped 18 points but got little help from his teammates. This was expected now that Beal and Bertans are not playing. Also, consider that the scrimmage games are only 40 minutes long so naturally the score is lower.
Rebounding woes return - In the first scrimmage we saw the Wizards’ regular season deficiency with rebounding come back as they lost the battle of the boards badly 34-47. Bol Bol, who the Wizards snubbed over Admiral Schoefield in last year’s draft (I still cannot wrap my head around that choice of GM Tommy Sheppard - Admiral Schoefield over Bol Bol, seriously?) had himself a night with 10, and Hachimura was right up there with 9, but Thomas Bryant (who only played 8 minutes) and Mo Wagner combined for 4 rebounds in their combined 31 minutes - quite an aweful stat. Here are that games full stats.
My prediction - I actually think the Wizards will beat the Lakers in their next scrimmage as there are quite a few ex-Lakers among the Wizards young players who will want to prove Pelinka was wrong in waiving, cutting, or trading them. And also since LeBron and AD are so far resting in the second half. But I believe the Clippers will beat the Wizards tomorrow. Watch for yourself and see! Do you recognize the Wizards’ veteran in the photo?