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Wizards vs. Hawks preview: Washington looks to get Friday win after poor road trip

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The Wizards are back home and look to get more players back from coronavirus protocols.

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NBA: Washington Wizards at Atlanta Hawks Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

A very thin Washington Wizards team is hosting the Atlanta Hawks in another game for the record.

Game Info

When: Friday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC

How to watch (if you have to): NBC Sports Washington

Injury Report

Wizards: Ish Smith, Troy Brown Jr., Deni Avdija (Coronavirus protocol, Out), Moritz Wagner, Rui Hachimura, Davis Bertans (Coronavirus protocol, Day-To-Day), Thomas Bryant (ACL, Out)

Hawks: Kris Dunn (Ankle, Out), Rajon Rondo (Ankle, Day-To-Day), Bogdan Bogdanovic (Knee, Out)

Pregame notes

A human wrote this preview — Amazingly, ESPN thinks that fans deserve game previews written by robots which generate ridiculous headlines and, well, robotic content. So here is the idea: first, drive smaller sports sites out of business, and, second, replace their own writers by robots. Did someone say corporate greed? No, of course not, they have noble causes in mind.

The Wizards are 3-11, i.e., barely above 0.200 — Scotty Brooks’ first season with the Wizards started with a 20 percent winning streak in the first 10 games. This year started just like that with a 2-8 record. Then came a great win against the Phoenix Suns and things looked somewhat better as Westbrook rested on the bench. But then the pandemic hit the Wizards hard and things took a turn for the worst with Westbrook seemingly coming back from injury but still apparently hobbled. Is there anyone that still believes the Wizards are making the playoffs this season? Sound off in the comments below!

Why is Cassius Winston (still) warming the pine? — Well, for the N-th time, 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 and the team’s record, don’t expect much to change here.

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

Flashback: John Wall and Bradley Beal’s (perhaps) best game together

You can say whatever you want about Ernie Grunfeld, but he did assemble a heck of a team for the 2017 playoffs. On the road on game 6 against Atlanta, John and Brad combined for 73 points and one of their most memorable games as a tandem to seal off the series at 4-2 and advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. And isn’t it good to hear the legendary Phil Chenier and Steve Buckhantz? (And why isn’t Steve Buckhantz mentioned in the NBC Sports Washington Wikipedia page?)