The Wizards hope that the third time is the charm as they go for 30 wins once again. They have a chance with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh sitting out for Miami.
Coach Randy Wittman was not complaining about missing out on the Heat’s best as they attempt to extend their home winning streak to 10 games.
“They’re all playing for a little something different than we are right now,” Wittman said. “They’ve been through it. They know what’s smart for their guys in this situation. I don’t know how anybody can really question that. Playoffs are a long season. It’s another season the intensity, not only physically but mentally is at another level and you want your guys fresh as you can have them.”
Wizards fans in attendance at Verizon Center were upset to discover that the defending champions planned to field a team without their all-star trio, but Wittman said he understood the argument about paying customers getting the best possible product at all times.
“You can argue it either way,” he said. “As a coach, you’ve got to do what’s best for your team. The ultimate thing, if it’s your fans and paying customers. You want to see them win a championship. Let’s put that poll out there? Would you rather see LeBron, or would you rather see Nene or would you rather see John Wall play game No. 80 or would you like to see the Wizards win the world championship. Let’s see what that poll ends up.”
The Wizards (29-49) will be without forward Trevor Ariza, who will miss his second straight game with a sore left knee.
Tipoff: 7 p.m.
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Radio: 106.7 (WJFK FM)