The Wizards remain the NBA’s lone winless road team (0-8) after a lopsided, 103-76, loss in Houston. They will have a good opportunity to end that streak against an injured-riddled Charlotte team that they beat handily on Wednesday at Verizon Center.
New Coach Randy Wittman will keep Jan Vesely in the starting lineup over Andray Blatche, hoping that his length and athleticism can help the Wizards become more of a running team. Wittman said he plans to use the next few weeks to establish a consistent identity.
“I want people to know when they play us, they’re going to get out and run. It’s going to be a track meet,” Wittman said. “That’s got to be our identity, but also a team that takes care of the ball with that. we’re working on that.”
In Wittman’s first two games as head coach, the Wizards have committed 47 turnovers, which Wittman attributes to an increased pace that will continue. He expects those numbers to decrease as the players get better conditioned and adjust. “We’re a young team,” he said. “We have to have an identity both offensively and defensively and that’s going to be a thing that, every night, stays the same. Whether you’re playing Charlotte or Houston, that game plan doesn’t change.”
The Bobcats will be without starters D.J. Augustin, Gerald Henderson and Corey Maggette.
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Tipoff: 7 p.m. TV: Comcast SportsNet; Radio: 106.7 (WJFK FM). Check out a live box score for today’s game here.