Wizards at Pistons: Game 28 Open Thread

December 30, 2013

I see you, Marc. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

DETROIT – The Wizards (13-14) are looking to beat the Detroit Pistons for the second time in three nights, but more importantly, have an even record once again.

The franchise were below .500 for 1,489 days before the Wizards defeated the Orlando Magic, 98-80, on Dec. 2. But the good times didn’t last long as the team lost four in a row to fall in another hole.

With an opportunity to get back, the Wizards don’t want to settle.

“That’ll mean a lot for us. I think the biggest thing we want to do is get over that and not just get to it,” Bradley Beal said of getting back to .500. “We’re more than capable of doing that, we just have to be able to get over that hump and once we get there, we’ve just got to push forward and continue to play the way we’ve been playing these last couple of days. I think we’ve got a great opportunity to do something and we’ve got a lot of home games coming up. We’ve got a lot of tough teams coming up. We definitely have to be ready and we’ll be more than ready to make that step.”

The first step is actually getting there, which hasn’t always been easy for the Wizards. Washington is just 1-3 this season when it has an opportunity to reach .500, losing in Oklahoma City, against Denver and in Minnesota.

Nene certainly didn’t want to get ahead of himself when asked about the modest goal, following the Wizards’ 106-82 victory over the Pistons on Saturday at Verizon Center. The Wizards shot 50 percent from the floor and handed out a season-high 34 assists as they also posted the largest margin of victory this season.

“I don’t think about it on the court how we are playing,” Nene said. “What I say every time, when we play well, I recognize that and always say good things for the team when we play well. When we play bad, I get a little bit hard on the team. I don’t keep track by quarter when we play good or when we play bad. At the end of the game, if we win, we are good. If we lose we are bad.”

(TV: Comcast SportsNet. Radio: WFED-1500).

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