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Posted at 06:57 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Open thread, Game 6: Wizards at Magic

The Wizards (0-5) are one loss away from their worst start in franchise history and will have a difficult challenge in avoiding the ignominious start as they face the Orlando Magic. Orlando has won 14 of the past 17 meetings, including the past two games at Amway Center.

JaVale McGee has combined for 33 points, 28 rebounds and eight blocked shots in his past two games against Boston, but he will get a huge test against all-star Dwight Howard, who is averaging 17.7 points and 15.3 rebounds this season. McGee, John Wall, Andray Blatche and Nick Young will all represent the Wizards on the all-star ballot.

Rashard Lewis will play his first game as a visitor at Amway Center. Earlier today he said he was excited to be back in Orlando. Meanwhile, Gilbert Arenas is a man without a team. Traded from the Wizards to the Magic on Dec. 18, 2010 for Lewis, Arenas was the first casualty of the amnesty clause provided in the new collective bargaining agreement. And nearly a month later, he is still waiting for a chance to get back in the league.

Rookie Jan Vesely is active for the first time this season, but not expected to play. Ronny Turiaf had surgery on his broken left hand today.

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Tipoff: 7 p.m.; TV: Comcast SportsNet and NBA-TV Radio: 106.7 (WJFK FM).Check out a live box score for tonight’s game here.

By Washington Post editors  |  06:57 PM ET, 01/04/2012

 
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