When: Tuesday, February 2 at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Raul Neto (Groin, Out); Thomas Bryant (Knee, Out)
Blazers: Derrick Jones, Jr. (Foot, Out); CJ McCollum (Foot, Out); Jusuf Nurkic (Wrist, Out); Zach Collins (Ankle, Out)
The QTNA (Question that needs answers) is will Russell Westbrook give the same energy he gave on Sunday against Portland on Tuesday? It’s been known he’s been battling a quad injury, but yet still played just not many back to backs. His playing has been subpar throughout the season and it showed in every game. Despite the few games he had a triple double, it still didn’t have a good ending for Washington.
On Sunday in the Washington Wizards 149-146 win over the Brooklyn Nets, Westbrook came out and looked like the old Westbrook. He finished with 41 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists shooting 16-28. Probably was his best game to date as a Wizard. He mentioned he had been playing with one leg this season and was good to go now.
We hope so.
It’s possible Washington can come out victorious if they can contain Damian Lillard. Portland Trail Blazers are without CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic, so Lillard and Carmelo Anthony off the bench are their sole threats. Granted, the Wizards aren’t exactly the best defensive team and honestly they may be the worst behind Brooklyn.
The battle of Lillard and Westbrook will be something to keep your eye on Tuesday night. We hope to see a better outing from Rui Hachimura who didn’t have a good game Sunday, but he’s just getting his legs back after being out on the health and safety protocol list for some time.