When: Saturday, March 13 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Davis Bertans (Calf, Day-to-Day); Ish Smith (Quad, Out); Thomas Bryant (Knee, Out)
The Washington Wizards (14-22) will face the Milwaukee Bucks (23-14) at home their next two games. It’s their first time this season facing the Bucks and if they perform anything like they did on Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers then it’s going to be a rough few days for Washington. The Wizards were down by 19 points in the first half but were able to cut their deficit to 10 by halftime. Being outscored in the third and fourth quarters resulted in a 101-127 loss. “I think we just gotta get back to defending...can’t guard nobody right now again,” Beal said in his post-game presser.
Westbrook led the team with 25 points and Bradley Beal followed with 19. Beal played nearly 29 minutes despite being questionable going into the game due to left knee soreness. Beal said he felt good in Friday’s game but Coach Brooks did have him rest the last 14 minutes of the game because the team was down. His soreness is definitely something to keep an eye on these next few games.
It’s unclear if Davis Bertans will play in Saturday’s back-to-back game. Bertans exited Friday’s game and did not return to the floor because he was experiencing tightness in his right calf. In his 10 minutes on the floor, he struggled shooting 1-5 from downtown but it’s not known if his calf played a role in his performance.
The only other Wizard besides Westbrook and Beal, who clearly isn’t 100% healthy, was Robin Lopez who put up 10 points.
The Wizards just started a 5-game homestand Friday and have lost their last two games. Unlike Washington, the Bucks are coming off two wins. They will certainly have their hands full in the backcourt with Giannis Anteokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday, who are the team's top scorers. They also need to know where Bryn Forbes is because he just put up 21 points against the Knicks in the Bucks’ win against the Knicks Thursday night.
Hopefully, the Wizards can use Beal’s post-game words as motivation to play some defense...