Fresh off a four-game road trip that saw them go 2-2, the Wizards return home Monday — albeit, briefly — to face the Memphis Grizzlies. But while the Wizards have won their last five at Verizon Center, reaching No. 6 won’t be so easy.
Not only will the Wizards be without Bradley Beal (ankle), A.J. Price (groin) and Trevor Ariza (flu) but Nene (knee) and Martell Webster (abdominal strain) will also miss the contest. Wittman said Nene’s right knee felt “weak” while Webster’s strain is a lingering injury that became too painful and will be evaluated day-to-day.
The Grizzlies have their own notable injury in Marc Gasol, who is out indefinitely with an abdominal tear. Still, the Wizards’ nine healthy players will be tested against a very physical Memphis squad.
Wittman said before Monday’s game that Memphis doesn’t want “a high-paced game. They want to walk it down, use their strength, use their inside play. So we’re going to have to, number one, get stops to be able to get out and run and make this a pace of game that we need to make it.”
The Wizards hope to get strong performances from role players such as Cartier Martin, who knocked down a career-high six three-pointers and scored 17 of his career-high 23 points after John Wall was ejected in the second half of Saturday’s 101-92 loss at Golden State.
Meantime, Wall will look to keep up his impressive stretch of play. The third-year guard is averaging 22.3 points, 9.5 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 steals during his last eight games.
Tipoff: 7 p.m.
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Radio: 106.7 (WJFK FM)