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Posted at 07:47 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Wizards vs. Rockets: Open thread for Game 19

After defeating the Charlotte Bobcats in Randy Wittman’s debut, on Wednesday, the Wizards hope to claim their first road win of the season tonight in Houston.

“That’s what our focus is tonight, let’s get our first road win,” Wittman said. “It’s about continuing all we did against Charlotte and moving in that direction.”

In his second game with the Wizards, Wittman will have an opportunity to defeat Kevin McHale, the man who fired Wittman from his last head coaching job in Minnesota. McHale replaced Wittman as coach after dismissing him in December 2008, was fired from the Timberwolves when the season and took years off before returning to coaching.

“I’ve been with Kevin a long time,” said Wittman, who worked with McHale in Minnesota for all but two years between 1994 and 2008. “Obviously, he’s doing a good job here. This team is playing very well right now. So, we’ve played him last week or 10 days ago. This is something, after getting a taste in Minnesota, that he wanted to continue to do and that’s why he’s here.”

McHale is so focused on his team that he couldn’t bring himself to comment on the time he shared with the Wizards’ former coach Flip Saunders and current coach Randy Wittman in Minnesota.. “We’ll play them [Friday] night and that’ll be the last time I think about them till next year because we don’t play them again,” he said.

NBA analyst Charles Barkley, meanwhile, had plenty to say about Washington’s basketball team — which he refused to call the Wizards — on TNT last night. “I call ’em the Bullets, ’cause I want to shoot ’em,” he said.

Also, Flip had the worst week in Washington, according to Post blogger Chris Cillizza.

Discuss tonight’s game in the comments below. You can also join the conversation on Twitter with Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee).

Tipoff: 8 p.m. TV: Comcast SportsNet; Radio:106.7 (WJFK FM).

Check out a live box score for today’s game here.

By Washington Post editors  |  07:47 PM ET, 01/27/2012

 
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