The Wizards will start a four-game road trip in Charlotte with a chance to even the season series with the NBA-worst Bobcats. They lost by 16 points in their first visit to Time Warner Cable Arena on Nov. 13, but they didn’t have Eastern Conference player of the week John Wall or Nene for that encounter.
When the teams met in Washington last week, the Wizards exacted some revenge by pulling out their second-most lopsided win of the season, 104-87, as Trevor Ariza scored a season-high 26 points and made five three-pointers. The Bobcats still lead the season series, two games to one.
Ariza will be a game-time decision as he continues to deal with a sore left knee. A. J. Price will miss his fourth consecutive game with a sore right groin and Bradley Beal will continue to come off the bench behind Garrett Temple as he continues to recover from a sprained left ankle.
The Wizards () will play 11 of their final 17 games on the road, where they have the league’s worst record at 5-25. They have lost three in a row away from Verizon Center, with their last road win coming on Feb. 25 in Toronto. But Coach Randy Wittman said his players shouldn’t focus on the grueling schedule ahead.
“It ain’t going to be a grind,” Wittman said. “We’re getting ready for tonight. That’s all we’re worried about. Not the trip. Get off to a good start here and take it one game at a time and that’s how we’re looking at it.”
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