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Gameday: Wizards vs. Raptors pregame – On a mission to break spells and extend streaks

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Wizards (29-28) at Raptors (32-25)

February 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
TV: CSN+
Radio: 106.7FM The Fan

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Projected starting lineups:

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C- Marcin Gortat
PF- Trevor Booker
SF- Trevor Ariza
SG- Bradley Beal
PG- John Wall

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C- Jonas Valanciunas
PF- Amir Johnson
SF- Terrence Ross
SG- DeMar DeRozan
PG- Kyle Lowry

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Who’s hurt?

Wizards:
Nene – out (MCL)
Kevin Seraphin – 0ut (knee)

Raptors:
None

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First meeting since…

February 18, 2014 @ Verizon Center: The third meeting of the season, marred by another destructive 3rd quarter, leading to the third loss to the Raptors on the season.


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Kyle Lowry:
Certified #WizardsKiller

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Undersized. Underrated. Unrelenting. Undefeated versus Wizards. Kyle Lowry: a superbly effective all-around point guard also on the brink of capping off a career season spearheads his no. 3 seeded Raptors against the Wizards tonight with broomstick dreams.

Down 0-3 in the season series, the Wizards look to mercifully break the Canadian spell cast on them and formulate a game plan to a) contain Lowry and b) SHOW UP IN THE 3RD QUARTER. That god-forsaken 3rd quarter, where souls are exiled into lifelessness, where orphans are oppressed, and where the Wizards are outscored by an average of 15 points in the three games combined. It has also been reported that even the unseen angels who diametrically course over Nene during games repel themselves back to Eden.

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The trenches of Northern Europe.

Toronto Raptors v Washington Wizards

Once upon a time a commonwealth, Lithuania and Poland will square off at the Verizon Center tonight via the rendition of Jonas Valanciunas versus Marcin Gortat. A moderate post player, Valanciunas thrives off his length and mobility. He’s not that great of a ball handler down low, but controls the ball and elevates well enough to get the ball to the rim over his defenders. As mentioned above, Jonas (I’m tired of typing out his 14 syllable last name) is a good screener on and off the ball and is agile enough to create good spacing and positioning close to the rim.

Although Gortat isn’t a bad interior defender, he’s not quite as mobile as Jonas and may require some help defense to ensure minimal production down low. The key for Gortat tonight, as has been for much of the season, is getting to the rim and finishing. Again, Jonas’ length could be a factor as he has often shown his prowess as a shot blocker. This could be a night where Gortat needs to rely on his midrange jumper.

For more pregame stuff, check out our inaugural Drew Gooden post here.

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