The Wizards are still in search of their first win of the 2012-13 season and hope to snap their three-game losing skid Friday night as they host the Milwaukee Bucks at Verizon Center.
Guard Jordan Crawford, who was limited to 14:41 in the Wizards’ 100-64 loss to Boston Wednesday night because of a sprained left ankle, will be available against Milwaukee Coach Randy Wittman said. The Wizards will stick with the same starting lineup — Bradley Beal, A.J. Price, Trevor Ariza, Trevor Booker and Emeka Okafor — that they used in the first three contests, Wittman said.
While Washington has yet to capture a victory, there have been some positive developments over the first 11 days of the regular season.
To wit: the emergence of Kevin Seraphin, who has now recorded double-digit points in 18 consecutive games; rookie Bradley Beal shook off poor showings in the first two contests to put up 16 points, 3 assists and 4 rebounds against the Celtics Wednesday; Chris Singleton stepped up with 14 points and 5 rebounds in 24:42 against Boston after not being called upon in the first two games; and John Wall received a “positive report” about his rehabilitation from a stress injury to his left knee and remains on track to return at the end of the month.
That said, slow starts and a lack of experience closing out tight contests continue to cause problems. The Wizards have been outscored a combined 78-52 in the first quarter so far this season, a trend that can only serve to further damage the efforts of an already shorthanded squad.
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Tipoff: 7 p.m.
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Radio: 106.7 (WJFK FM)
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