NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, November 6th
(All times Eastern)
Washington Wizards (0-3) at Philadelphia 76ers (3-1), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia 76ers will try to get back into the win
column Wednesday night when they welcome the Washington Wizards to the Wells
The Sixers began the season a shocking 3-0 with victories over the Miami Heat,
these same Wizards and the Chicago Bulls. Their first setback came Monday
night at home against the Golden State Warriors.
Golden State came in and walloped the Sixers 110-90 in a game that was much
more lopsided than the final score. Warriors coach Mark Jackson pulled his
starters once Andre Iguodala was done embarrassing his former team and Stephen
Curry got that last rebound for a triple-double. Golden State was up 33 points
after three quarters.
That cost Philly a chance at its first 4-0 start since the 2000-01 team that
won its first 10 games and went to the NBA Finals.
"The peaks and valleys of the NBA are dangerous," 76ers coach Brett Brown said
after practice Tuesday. "I walk an even line throughout this year, knowing the
realities of this team."
The realities hit the Sixers hard. They only shot 35 percent from the field
and 20 percent from beyond the 3-point line. Philadelphia had 24 turnovers,
which the Warriors converted into 23 points.
Michael Carter-Williams, who became the first rookie to win Eastern Conference
Player of the Week honors since Shaquille O'Neal in 1992, and Evan Turner both
had 18 points in the loss. Tony Wroten chipped in 14 off the bench.
The Wizards dropped their third straight on Sunday in Miami, 103-93. It is the
fifth time in seven seasons the Wiz started 0-3.
Washington committed 21 turnovers against the Heat and Miami shot 53 percent
from the floor. Bradley Beal paced the Wiz with 19 points, followed by 15 from
Marcin Gortat and 13 apiece from Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster. John Wall
contributed 11 points and nine assists.
Nene didn't play for the Wizards against Miami due to a strained left calf,
but he's expected to suit up on Wednesday.
Against the Sixers last Friday night, the Wizards allowed 65 points in the
second half and Philly came from behind for the victory.
"Commitment to (expletive) playing defense. That's what it is. The thing they
haven't learned, and I got to figure out a way," an emotional head coach Randy
Wittman said after that loss.
The dirty word cost Wittman $20,000.
The Sixers have now taken three of four from Washington and Philly has won
five straight at home in this series.
11/06 10:19:12 ET