The Washington Wizards remain winless on the road, but they’re
likely feeling good about visiting the stumbling New Jersey
Looking to snap their longest road losing streak in 12 seasons,
the Wizards try for their fifth straight win in New Jersey and
sixth in a row overall against the Nets when they meet at the
Prudential Center on Thursday night.
Washington (6-17) is an NBA-worst 0-12 on the road and hasn’t
lost 13 straight away from home since a franchise-record 15-game
slide Dec. 23, 1999-Feb. 20, 2000. The Wizards, though, have taken
four in a row on the Nets’ home court.
New Jersey (6-19) enters on an eight-game losing streak and has
dropped eight of 12 at home.
The Nets are hoping a new face can help them get on track after
completing a three-team trade with Houston and the Los Angeles
Lakers on Wednesday. They acquired Sasha Vujacic and two
first-round picks in exchange for Terrence Williams, Joe Smith and
two second-round picks.
“We’re excited to get a player like Sasha who can come in and
help us,” general manager Billy King said. “He’s scrappy on defense
and a good shooter on offense. He has experience with being on a
champion. It’s also an opportunity for us to get better with future
The Nets fell 82-77 to Philadelphia on Tuesday night as they
continue to struggle from the field.
New Jersey ranks near the bottom of the league with a 43.2
field-goal percentage and shot 34.1 against the 76ers. The Nets
trailed after the first quarter for the sixth consecutive game.
“We need to jump out on some of these teams and put them on
their heels,” said Devin Harris, who scored 14 points. “It’s like
we are walking into a fight and catching the first three punches.
We realize what is going on, it is happening every single game. We
can’t fight like that. We have to come out and throw some punches
and come out swinging.”
Harris is averaging 23.0 points in his last four meetings with
Without Andray Blatche and No. 1 overall pick John Wall again,
the Wizards lost 103-89 to the Lakers on Tuesday night.
Wall, who has averaged 16.7 points in 15 games, was sidelined
with knee tendinitis while Blatche, averaging 17.1 points, sat for
the third time in four games as he continues to deal with a knee
Wall and Blatche will likely miss this game.
“It’s definitely difficult because (Andray) is definitely the
offense-minded player that we have on our team,” center JaVale
McGee said. “But we just have to go out there and keep working hard
even though he’s not playing.”
With two of the Wizards’ three leading scorers on the sidelines,
Nick Young had 21 points and is averaging 18.2 over his last five
The Wizards are allowing an average of 113.3 points on the road
– among the most in the NBA – but face a Nets club scoring 92.7 per
Yi Jianlian, acquired from New Jersey in the offseason, suffered
a sprained right knee against the Lakers and is expected to miss
The Nets’ Anthony Morrow suffered a hamstring injury Tuesday and
is expected to be sidelined for up to three weeks. Morrow is third
on the team with 12.8 points per game.