The Wizards didn’t have long to celebrate their impressive road win in Denver – Coach Randy Wittman said the good feelings lasted approximately the entire bus ride to the airport – because they were headed to Los Angeles to face a Clippers team that has the NBA’s second-best record and has given them fits in recent years.
“This is an excellent team,” Wittman said. “I think one of the best in the league. We’re going to have to come out and play one of our better games. Trying to get ready for this team is a monumental task.”
The task got a little tougher since all-star point guard Chris Paul decided to come back after missing the previous three games with a bruised right patella.
The Wizards will look to go 2-1 on their West Coast road trip and possibly end a seven-game losing streak against the Clippers but Bradley Beal might be a little limited after hurting his right wrist in the fourth quarter of the Wizards’ 112-108 win over Denver. Beal scored 23 points against the Nuggets.
“He’s sore. He fell on his wrist pretty good. So he’s pretty tender,” Wittman said.
Wittman said John Wall will get the same minutes in the second night of back-to-back games. “I think we’re going to stay at the same level we’re at and see how he goes through the first one. Things have progressed okay. This is kind of a test for us to see what transpires.”
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Tipoff: 10:30 p.m.
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Radio: 106.7 (WJFK FM)