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Wizards vs. Thunder preview: Washington continues bubble play on Sunday

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The Wizards’ playoff hopes are now officially over. But Washington will still have to face off against Chris Paul and Co. in a Sunday matinee in the bubble.

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Chris Paul and the Oklahoma City Thunder play the Washington Wizards on Sunday.
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The Washington Wizards (0-5 bubble) will play the Oklahoma City Thunder (2-2 bubble) on Sunday as they continue their seeding games in the 2019-20 NBA season restart.

Game Info

When: Sunday, Aug, 9, 12:30 p.m. ET.

Where: AdventHealth Arena, Orlando, Florida

How to watch: NBC Sports Washington

Injury Report

Wizards: Bradley Beal (out), Davis Bertans (out), Gary Payton II (out), Garrison Mathews (out), John Wall (out), Jarrod Uthoff (Day-to-Day).

Thunder: Steven Adams (leg, day-to-day), Mike Muscala (concussion, day-to-day). Dennis Schroder (paternal leave), Andre Roberson (patellar tendon, out), Isaiah Roby (plantar fascia, out)

What to look for

At an official level, the Wizards are just running out the clock until their last seeding game on Aug. 13 against the Boston Celtics. We know the Wizards just aren’t making the NBA Playoffs at this point because they lost last night to the Philadelphia 76ers.

That said, Thomas Bryant has emerged as the Wizards’ leading scorer and contributor since the restart officially began, while Troy Brown Jr. has also made the most of his time in these summer games.

For the Thunder, Chris Paul has led them in scoring (19.8 ppg) and assists (6.5 apg) since the seeding games started. It will be tough to slow him down. But if Brown and Ish Smith can keep him in check, you never know if the Wizards can pull off an upset. Washington hasn’t been totally run out of the gym in any game despite not winning. So you never know what’s going to happen. Hopefully, the Wizards can leave bubble play with at least one win.