The last time the Wizards hosted Portland, then-Trail Blazers center Marcus Camby was ejected for shoving Kevin Seraphin to the ground after getting tangled for a he wasn’t going rebound. Seraphin popped up and shoved Camby right back. Portland walloped the Wizards, 110-99, but Seraphin later declared on his Twitter account, “No body will punk a player of the Washington wizards! #RealTalk.”
The Trail Blazers (6-8) have a slightly different look, with a new coach (Terry Stotts) and a point guard who is the early front-runner for rookie of the year (Damian Lillard). They have opened a seven-game East Coast road trip with consecutive losses against Brooklyn and Detroit and rank last in the league in points allowed per game (102.4) and opponent’s field goal percentage (49.0).
The Wizards will have both Nene and Shaun Livingston after the duo sat out against San Antonio with injury. They will also have an improving Martell Webster, a former Trail Blazer who is averaging 15.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in his past three games. Webster has also connected on 8 of 15 three-point attempts over that span.
“My mentality,” Webster said, when asked what has led to his inspired play since receiving a DNP-CD against Utah on Nov. 17. “Understand, I’m not going to be one-dimensional. I refuse to be one-dimensional. Going out there and doing whatever it takes. My teammates, John [Wall] always encourages me on the bench – John does. Shaun does. Jordan [Crawford] does – to attack. And don’t be afraid to do it.”
Seraphin, A.J. Price, Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza and Bradley Beal will start for the second game in a row.
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Tipoff: 7 p.m.
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Radio: 106.7 (WJFK FM)
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