In possibly the final matchup ever against the Sacramento Kings, the Wizards will seek revenge for a 95-94 loss on Jan. 16 at Sleep Train Arena.
The Wizards (11-31) have just three losses in their past 10 games, but the most disappointing had to be the defeat in Sacramento, where they blew a double-digit second-half lead and a five-minute lead with four minutes remaining.
They also had a chance to win the game with 30.4 seconds remaining, but John Wall missed two free throws, then Nene tripped Tyreke Evans and he made the decisive free throws. Wall and Bradley Beal both missed close shots at the basket at the finish.
“I think they have a bad taste in their mouth,” Coach Randy Wittman said of his players. “They felt like we gave them this game at the end, so you don’t need to say a whole lot, when it’s that’s fresh on their mind. Just remind them why it happened and what we did that cost us that game.”
The loss in Sacramento snapped a three-game winning streak, but the Wizards have an opportunity to have another after winning consecutive games against Minnesota and Chicago. They have won five in a row at home.
“The way we’re playing and the string that we’re playing with, you always feel better about yourselves in situation like that, and they should,” Wittman said. “They are playing with a lot of confidence right now. It’s important that don’t lose that and continue to play the way we’re playing. Don’t deviate from anything that we’re doing, both from a defensive and offensive standpoint.”
The Kings (16-29) have lost four in a row since a group from Seattle reached an agreement to purchase the franchise with plans to move it to the Pacific Northwest.
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Tipoff: 7 p.m.
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Radio: 106.7 (WJFK FM)