Wizards vs Orlando: Game 18 Open Thread

December 2, 2013

Let’s get this win. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The Wizards once again have a chance to reach .500 for the first time in more than four years with a win over the Orlando Magic. The last time Washington was .500 was Nov. 3, 2009. The team was 2-2.

Since then, Washington has gone 104-221.

“We’re focused, not so much on year’s past, but this year,” Wizards Coach Randy Wittman said. “We obviously know that this gets us back to even. After starting the way we did, that’s kind of what we’ve been trying to focus on, to fight our way back. We’ve put ourselves in position to do that. They’re aware of it. You have a good stretch like this, you don’t want to take a step back. You want to try to push this forward and take advantage of what’s ahead for us.”

If the Wizards can defeat the Magic and Atlanta loses to San Antonio, they will have the third-best record in the Eastern Conference. Also, the team would be 34-34 in its past 68 games.

John Wall will play his 200th career game. He is one of five players in NBA history with career averages of at least 16 points, eight assists and four rebounds in his first 199 games. The others are Magic  Johnson, Oscar Robertson, Damon Stoudamire and Chris Paul.

(TV: Comcast SportsNet. Radio: WFED-1500). Here’s some pregame/in-game reading:

John Wall on Wizards turnaround: “We didn’t panic”

Trevor Booker frustrated with limited role

Nene will “sacrifice,” play against Orlando

Wizards starters carrying heavy load

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.
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