UPDATE: Tomorrow’s game has been postponed.
The Wizards-Jazz game on Wednesday has been postponed.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 13, 2021
The original post is below, but I wrote more on the news here.
When: Wednesday, January 13 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Capital One Arena
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Russell Westbrook (Finger, Day-to-day), Thomas Bryant (Knee, Out), Garrison Matthews (Hip, Day-to-day), Rui Hachimura (COVID-19 protocol, Day-to-day), Moritz Wagner (COVID-19 protocol, Day-to-day)
Jazz: Joe Ingles (Achilles, Day-to-day), Jarrell Brantley (Personal, Day-to-day), Juwan Morgan (Medical Protocols, Day-to-day)
The Washington Wizards (3-8) are taking on the Utah Jazz (6-4) at home Wednesday night before heading back on the road. Without Russell Westbrook, who is sidelined with a quad injury, and Thomas Bryant, who suffered a torn ACL against Miami this past weekend, the Wizards were able to pull off a 128-107 win against Phoenix. Even though it was only their third win of the season, Washington needed a boost in morale. Before heading to D.C. for a back-to-back game, Utah will face the Cavaliers on the road Tuesday. As of Tuesday morning, the Wizards announced two players entered the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols. The two players were not identified by the team. Their Tuesday practice was canceled “out of an abundance of caution”, according to a Wizards press release.
Can Bradley Beal lead the Wizards to a second consecutive win?
The Wizards star, who is having his best season yet, has averaged 34.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 5 assists in 10 games. While he and his team were able to pull off a win without Bryant and Westbrook, doing that again won’t be an easy task on Wednesday. The Wizards only have 3 available players who are averaging in double-figures and Utah has 5 players who are currently doing so. Those players are Donovan Mitchell (23 ppg), Mike Conley (17.8 ppg), Jordan Clarkson (16.8 ppg), Rudy Gobert (12.4 ppg), and Bojan Bogdanovic (12.1 ppg). Joe Ingles, who is questionable to play, is just below the double-double mark with 9.9 points per game.
With Thomas and Westbrook out, do not be surprised if the Wizards, who are currently second in league scoring with 120.5 points per game, see a drop offensively. In comparison, Utah ranks 20th out of the NBA’s 30 teams for points scored with 109.5 per game.
Beal is going to need his supporting cast to show up and show out with him if they want to compete with Utah.