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Wizards vs. Suns preview: Washington aims to stay perfect vs. the West on Monday night

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Let’s get that second win vs. a Western conference opponent.

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A Bradley Beal-less Washington Wizards had a great outing vs. Eastern Conference champions Miami Heat, with an “Everybody Eats” performance. Tomorrow, the Wizards host one of the best teams in the league in the Phoenix Suns (who would have imagined this would be true just a few months ago!) and hope that the underdog situation plays to their favor.

Game Info

When: Monday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC

How to watch: NBC Sports Washington

Injury Report

Wizards: Russell Westbrook (Quad, Day-to-Day), Bradley Beal (Coronavirus protocol, Day-to-Day), Thomas Bryant (ACL, Out)

Suns: Jalen Smith (Out), Cameron Payne (Day-to-Day)

Pregame notes

The Wizards are 2-8 — Scotty Brooks’ first season with the Wizards started just like that: 2-8 record on the first 10 games. However, something feels different this time around. Maybe it’s the absence of any meaningful vets in the roster (OK, except Ish Smith). Maybe it’s the fact that Russell Westbrook seems to have suddenly started (the expected) rapid-decline phase of his career. Maybe it’s the fact that Brooks has been showing his cluelessness in setting up meaningful defense for the past several seasons. Your pick.

Why is Cassius Winston (still) Inactive? — Well, I mean, why did you draft the guy? The Wizards opted out of the G-League Bubble recently. Given that Winston won’t get any playing time with the Go-Go this year, might as well see if he can contribute at the NBA level. But given Brooks’ love for veteran PGs don’t expect this to happen.

Can Issac Bonga please play? He’s been great, especially on D, which is a serious area of need for the bottom defensive-rated Wizards. I would even try a lineup with Bonga and Avdija sharing the court, and Deni moving to the 2 position given his ball-handling skills. But, for some reason Bonga has played 0, 5, and 6 minutes in the last 3 games, respectively.

Can the Wizards get their first home-win? — If not, they start the season 0-6 at home.

Can someone please replace Brooks?— Not much to elaborate here.

Flashback: Devin Booker with the highlight of the Bubble

This really has nothing to do with the Wizards, and everything to do with the absolutely phenomenal player the Suns have, Devin Booker, and his highlight basket which was perhaps the most memorable moment from The Bubble past summer: