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Wizards at Magic Game Preview: A Florida Sequel


Washington at Orlando

October 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Amway Center, Orlando, FL
TV: CSNWashington
Radio: 99.1FM

Last time they met was..

April 11, 2014 @ Amway Center in Orlando. The Wizards won 96-86.

John Wall, toying with his own speed, rips by Kyle O’Quinn to the rim, leaving him right where he’s standing.

Projected Starting Lineups

[ezcol_1third]WIZARDS[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third][/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]MAGIC[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]John Wall[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]POINT GUARD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Elfrid Payton[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Garrett Temple[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]SHOOTING GUARD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Evan Fournier[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Paul Pierce[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]SMALL FORWARD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Tobias Harris[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Nene[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]POWER FORWARD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Kyle O’Quinn[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Marcin Gortat[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]CENTER[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Nikola Vucevic[/ezcol_1third_end]

Coming off a loss last night to division foe Miami Heat, the Wiz Kids are right back at it tonight with a showdown against Victor Oladipo and the Orlando Magic. The Wizards look to shake off a tough loss from the night before in which they let DWade go off for 12 points in the 4th quarter and let Miami outscore them 35-25 with the game on the line. With an undermanned roster due to suspension and injuries, the Wizards needed production off their bench and fell short of that expectation. Washington’s bench only accounted for 20 points and 8 rebounds. With a lot of guys having played heavy minutes through the 3rd quarter, Randy Wittman decided to go to the bench to start the quarter and in the end, that seemed to be the difference maker. The Wizards fell behind and never seemed to catch up.

Washington should get a jolt of energy tonight as they welcome back Nene and newcomer DeJuan Blair after both players served a one-game suspension for their role in the preseason altercation between Paul Pierce and Joakim Noah. The additions of Blair and Nene should help out Washington on the defensive end tremendously as Randy Wittman was quick to point out the “off the ball” defense was an issue for them all night against Miami. While I fully expect Washington to come out and put away a bad Orlando Magic team like good teams should do, I don’t expect it will happen that way.

Orlando themselves are coming off a tough loss to an up and coming New Orleans team that showcased their MVP candidate Anthony Davis on full display and the Magic got a front row seat to the most dominating performance this young NBA season has provided for us. With that said, I expect the Magic to come out hungry and try to get a win for their home fans. Local boy Victor Oladipo is a stud and I’m very excited to see how Aaron Gordon does in his first game. Orlando is a young team with a bright future and while they may not be playoff contenders this year, or even next year, I don’t imagine it will be long before this team starts making some noise in the Eastern Conference. Washington swept the Magic in their season series last year and I fully expect them to do the same this year.

Who’s Out?

Wizards: Bradley Beal (wrist)

Magic: Channing Frye (knee) told media that he would be ready so I expect him to play.

How the Wizards will win:

Win the Fast Break game. I know they’re coming off a game the night before, but Washington needs to control the pace and tempo of this game from the opening tip and it starts with the bigs. With Nene and Blair down low grabbing loose balls, I expect quick transition buckets and fast break opportunities from the Wizards all night. John needs to push the ball down the court, look for the open guy and create easy buckets as he’s done in the past and I fully expect him to do so.

Bench needs to show up. If Washington wants to win, they’re going to need a full team effort and they can’t afford their bench to have another sub par game like they did last night. When you have Humphries, Porter and Blair coming off your bench, you need to give me more than 20 points. Bottom line. Even though Miami doesn’t have LeBron, they’re still a good team with championship pedigree and they took advantage of an undermanned Wizards squad. My guess is that Nene and Blair give this team a huge boost both on the defensive end and emotionally with the energy and enthusiasm they bring to the court.

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