The Washington Wizards opened the regular season on Monday with a loss to the New Jersey Nets at Verizon Center, blowing a 21-point first half lead.

After the game, Andray Blatche ignited a firestorm by calling for more touches in the paint, then telling his critics to “shut up” via Twitter. Check out Jason Reid’s take on Blatche’s qualifications to be team captain.

The Wizards play the Hawks on the road tonight. Jordan Crawford is excited to face the team that traded him away. Jan Vesely didn’t make the trip to Atlanta because he has the flu. And Flip Saunders says Maurice Evans should be available, although he missed practice Tuesday after having his knee drained the day before.

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 Tipoff: 7:30 p.m.; TV: Comcast SportsNet. Radio: 106.7 (WJFK FM). Check out a live box score for tonight’s game here.