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Saturday, November 17th
(All times eastern)
Utah Jazz (4-6) at Washington Wizards (0-7), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Will this finally be the night for the Washington Wizards?
Can the Wizards, the NBA's last remaining winless team at 0-7, get that
elusive first victory Saturday night when they host the Utah Jazz at the
"Our record doesn't show how good we really are and we just need to continue
to get better every day and keep working hard," Wizards center Kevin Seraphin
said after loss No. 7 Wednesday night in Dallas.
To be fair, the Wizards are missing point guard John Wall and starting center
Nene with injuries, but the offense has been borderline non-existent.
Washington, who signed Shaun Livingston Thursday for backcourt depth, ranks
27th in the NBA in scoring.
Washington's leading scorer is rookie and No. 3 overall pick in this past
summer's draft, Bradley Beal. He leads the team with a modest 11.6 ppg
Three other Wizards average in double-figures and they actually get quite a
bit of production, but the clock is ticking. When the Detroit Pistons beat the
Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, it left Washington as the only winless
franchise this season.
The Jazz fell to 1-6 on the road this season and 1-2 on this current trip
Friday night when they fell to the Philadelphia 76ers, 99-93. After a win in
Toronto and a loss in Boston, Utah didn't have an answer for Jrue Holiday, who
The Jazz fell 10 behind in the first quarter and made up ground throughout the
game. A few times Utah fell behind by double-digits, but clawed back, only to
come up short.
"I know we have fight in us, but we need to make sure that we do as much as we
can not to get down as much as we do, to use all of your energy to get back
into the game and be able to finish it off," said head coach Tyrone Corbin.
"So we have to understand how we don't make those mistakes night in and night
out, especially on the road."
The Jazz are a top-six rebounding team in the league, but got beat on the
boards by the 76ers on Friday. Philadelphia is just a middle-of-the-pack
rebounding team statistically.
Things may be a little worse for the Jazz as they head to the nation's
capital. Point guard Mo Williams, the second-leading scorer on the team,
injured his right hand early in Friday night's game. He still played a team-
high 34 minutes and had 12 points on 5-for-14 shooting.
Washington has won two of the last three, but Utah has taken seven of the last
10. The Jazz are 1-1 in the second game of back-to-backs this season.
11/17 10:56:20 ET