Back from a 2-3 road trip, the Wizards (7-25) will play their sixth game in a different building on Wednesday at Verizon Center. With the all-star break on the other side of their game against Sacramento, Coach Randy Wittman hopes that his players haven’t already decided to take a vacation.

“These games are games in the league that can be stolen because of that,” Wittman said. “We’ve got to make sure we’re not the team that’s checking out. The game back after all-star is another one. You’re gone and doing your own thing for four or five days. That’s another one that can be stolen. It’s always been that case. We stressed that coming here.”

Former Kentucky teammates John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins are good friends who have had similar experiences recently.

[Both] started out poorly. They have seen their first NBA coaches fired and replaced by guys who won national championships at Indiana. They have picked up their play in recent weeks but remain on teams that rank near the bottom of their respective conferences.

As they face off tonight for just the second time as professionals, Wall’s Wizards have more than a few problems to overcome, including selfish play during their recent road trip and a lack of production at small forward.

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Tipoff: 7 p.m. TV: Comcast SportsNet; Radio: 106.7 (WJFK FM). Check out a live box score for today’s game here.