Bradley Beal is expected to return to Wizards’ lineup after missing the past five games with a sprained right wrist. Beal will look to help the Wizards get payback for one of their most disappointing losses in the pre-John Wall period of the season on Jan. 4, when they lost to the Brooklyn Nets, 115-113, in double overtime.
The Wizards blew an eight-point lead with 75 seconds left in the first overtime period and trailed 104-101 when Beal buried a three-pointer to force the extra extra frame. Nets guard Joe Johnson won the game when he hit the game-winning jumper over Beal with seven tenths of a second remaining.
Coach Randy Wittman certainly can’t get that game out of his memory, but he credits the performance for helping the Wizards established a more effective style of play.
“I remember them all,” Wittman said. “It was a competitive game. You have to give Brooklyn credit. They were down eight…got it into a second overtime and Joe made a play at the end to win it. We were there, we competed, did a lot of good things and didn’t come out with a win, but we began play that way after that one.”
Since that defeat, the Wizards have won seven of their past eight games at home – including victories over Oklahoma City, Chicago, the Los Angeles Clippers and New York. Jordan Crawford scored 23 points in that game but had two turnovers, two missed shots and two missed free throws in the first overtime and has since been pushed out the rotation in recent weeks. He has played a total of 11 minutes the past two games.
“We’re playing at a good level right now, with the people that we’re playing with,” Wittman said. “And it’s just a coach’s decision.”
Garrett Temple will continue to start at shooting guard.
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Tipoff: 7 p.m.
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Radio: 106.7 (WJFK FM)