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It only took three days, but the Wizards finally get physical against the Bucks.

The Wizards' hiring of Scott Brooks has rekindled the Kevin Durant-to-Washington talk.

Another major task awaits the Wizards as they jockey for playoff position with Wednesday's opponent, the injury-plagued Chicago Bulls.

On the heels of a three-game losing streak, the Wizards are looking to rediscover the defensive identity that worked so well the past couple years.

The Wizards are counting on his recovery from a back injury to help with their defensive rebounding. Bradley Beal's status, however, remains in doubt.

"John [Wall] and I, we both have to," Beal said. "We’re thrust into that position, but I think we’re ready for it."

Wizards shooting guard is among 18 NBA players to participate in Aug. 1 game in Johannesburg.

The Wizards have supported their plans to become a small-ball team this offseason.

Beal went 6 for 23 from the floor in Game 1, causing him to put in extra work after practice.

Durant had 34 points against the Wizards on Jan. 2.

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