Wizards vs. Bucks: Game 4 discussion thread

November 9, 2012

(Elise Amendola/Associated Press)

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.

Discuss tonight’s game in the comment section below and don’t forget to join the conversation on Twitter @MrMichaelLee.

Tipoff: 7 p.m. 
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Radio: 106.7 (WJFK FM)
Once the contest starts, check out a live box score for the game here.

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