Wizards at Pacers: Game 16 Open Thread


You and me tonight, Jan. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

INDIANAPOLIS – Randy Wittman joked that he already sent the thank you note to the league office for giving the Indianapolis native that chance to celebrate Thanksgiving with his loved ones.

“It was a good day,” Wittman said. “I don’t get very many opportunities, especially in this business to spend any holidays with my mom and dad and brothers and sisters. And then my family flew in as well. It was a good day. First time in 30 years that I’ve been able to spend Thanksgiving with my family.”

Wittman had to quickly move on and turn his attention to Friday’s game against the Indiana Pacers, owners of the NBA’s best record at 14-1.

The Wizards (7-8) will once again try to reach .500 for the first time since drafting John Wall first overall in 2010, but they will be without Nene, who will rest a sore Achilles. Nene missed two games with a sore calf and Achilles earlier this season. Washington 0-2 this season and 7-30 overall without Nene.

Jan Vesely will start in place of Nene. The Wizards have lost 10 straight games in Indiana.

“This is good,” Wittman said. “This should be a good test for us. This team is playing as good as anybody in the league right now. Those are the games you always look forward to. At least I always did as a player, coming and playing against the best. They’ve gotten out the gate extremely well. This is going to have to be one of our better games to pull one off here.”

(TV: Comcast SportsNet. Radio: WJFK-106.7, WFED-1500). Here’s some pregame/in-game reading:

Spirits are high for Wizards

Wizards’ Chris Singleton is back, ready to contribute

Al Harrington hopes to return soon to help beleaguered bench

Al Harrington host Wizards for Thanksgiving

The Wizards’ Thanksgiving menu

Wizards steal win in Milwaukee with defense, Marcin Gortat

Marcin Gortat leads Washington to season-high third straight win

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.

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