Wizards Open Preseason Against New Look Nets
The Wizards open the 2013-’14 season with their preseason opener Tuesday night against the Brooklyn Nets at the Verizon Center.
Tuesday is one of only two opportunities to catch the Wizards in the preseason in the metro area, with a pair of road games and games at the University of Kentucky, Baltimore and even Brazil!
Tuesday’s opponent is the rebuilt Nets. Brooklyn with a huge offseason deal with Boston, acquiring future Hall of Famers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, along with guard Jason Terry. The Nets are considered one of the “Big Four” in the Eastern Conference, along with the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers and of course, the defending champion Miami Heat.
The Wizards will be without the injured Emeka Okafor and Chris Singleton for awhile, but there are other bumps and bruises slowing Washington’s progress. Top draft pick Otto Porter and Trevor Booker are sidelined with injury for the Brooklyn game. Porter hasn’t practiced since the outset of training camp and his actual return is unknown. Booker is bothered by a knee ailment, but isn’t expected to be sidelined long. As for Okafor, he has been rehabilitating a herniated disk in his neck and is sidelined indefinitely. Singleton is expected out for at least another month.
The Wizards backcourt is healthy and ready to go. John Wall and Bradley Beal remain the starters, with Garrett Temple and free acquisition Eric Maynor providing quality depth. Small forward will feature Trevor Ariza, Martell Webster and rookie Glen Rice, lots of depth, even without the injured Porter and Singleton. Up front is a bit dicey due to the assorted injuries. Nene will slide over from power forward to occupy center in Okafor’s absence. Kevin Seraphin will be the backup center. With Booker also absent, Jan Vesely and newly acquired Al Harrington will man the power forward position.
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