Washington takes on the Eastern Conference’s best, Milwaukee Bucks in their second to last game in the bubble. On paper, this looks like a blowout but it’s likely that the Bucks will rest some of their key guys in this matchup as they’ve already locked up the number one seed iforthe Eastern Conference and will also be playing on the second half of a back-to-back.
When: Tuesday, August 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET
Where: Disney World, Orlando, Florida
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Shabazz Napier (Ankle, Game Time Decision) Garrison Mathews (Personal Reasons, Out)
Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mouth, Game Time Decision)
Where do the Wizards go from here?
Coming into the NBA restart, the bar wasn’t set too high for Washington. But even with low expectations, the Wizards have still come up short.
Whether it’s poor defense, slow rotations, or mental hiccups, all of the things that plagued Washington in the regular season have been on full display only now, they don’t have Bradley Beal or Davis Bertans to bail them out.
Thomas Bryant has had some nice games offensively but defense remains an afterthought. Rui Hachimura has also had some nice games and looks more assertive on the offensive end but then steps out of his comfort zone in trying to post guys up or resisting to let it fly from three-point range even when he’s open.
I’m not quite sure how we got here, but all of a sudden, we have even more question marks about this team than we do answers. If the Bucks decide to sit their main players then one could hope the Wizards would be able to edge out a victory otherwise they’d be staring at a potential 0-8 record in the bubble. But if Milwaukee decides to play their regulars in a tune up before the postseason, close your eyes, this could get ugly.