NBA all-star voting begins today and John Wall, Nene and Emeka Okafor will represent the Wizards on the ballot. Only Okafor will be available against Charlotte at Time Warner Cable Arena, where the Wizards will attempt to snap a five-game losing streak to start the season.
After a rough start, Okafor, the former face of the Bobcats franchise, has made an impact in his past two games, averaging 14 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots.
Washington has opened four of the past six seasons at 0-5, but they had never opened a season with six straight losses until last season, when they started a franchise worst 0-8 before finishing the lockout-shortened campaign, 20-46.
“I think it’s time to win. We’ve been close the last games but we didn’t win,” forward Seraphin said. “At the end of the day everybody wants to know who won the game. We have to play better. I have to play better. Everybody has to play better to get this win.”
The Wizards swept the Charlotte last season, when the Bobcats went 7-59 and set an NBA record for futility. This year, the matchup has more intrigue as Bradley Beal contemplates facing off against his friend Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
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Tipoff: 7 p.m.
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Radio: 106.7 (WJFK FM)
Once the contest starts, check out a live box score for the game here.