With a 131-122 victory over the Jazz, the Wizards picked up their first win in the second half of the season on Thursday. A convincing victory over the league’s best team should have come as a surprise for the 15-25 Wizards, but they've managed to beat seven of the nine-best teams in the NBA, including their next opponents.
Washington travels to the Barclays Center for their third meeting of the season. The Wizards are 2-0 in the series after pulling off a wild comeback victory in their last meeting. If the Wizards are to pull out another victory over the high-scoring Nets, they’ll have to do it without one of their sharpest shooters. The team announced on Friday that Bertans will miss approximately two weeks with a right calf injury.
Russell Westbrook stepped up on Friday to deliver a historic triple-double and lead the Wizards out of their skid. But there’s still much to improve on to pull out a victory in Brooklyn.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
WIZARDS vs NETS HOW TO WATCH
Who: Washington Wizards vs. Brooklyn Nets
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY.
When: Sunday, March 21, 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Wizards vs. Nets will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Nets on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.
Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM
WIZARDS vs NETS TV SCHEDULE
6:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)
7:00 PM: NBA: Wizards vs. Nets (LIVE)
9:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)
WIZARDS vs NETS WHAT TO WATCH
The Wizards haven't faced the Nets since they acquired six-time NBA All-Star forward Blake Griffin. He’s yet to make his debut as the Nets ramp him up slowly and try to ensure that his left knee is ready after two surgeries in eight months. There is no guarantee that we’ll see him on the floor Sunday, but when Steve Nash was asked about Griffin’s timeline on Friday, he said “he is getting closer.”
The last time out, the Wizards shocked the Nets when they scored six points in seven seconds to overcome a five-point deficit and win 147-146. That surely left a bad taste in Nash’s mouth. But Scott Brooks and the Wizards will look back to that moment as an example of how desperate they need to play if they have any hopes of climbing out of the bottom half of the Eastern Conference standings.
Russell Westbrook became the first player in Wizards history to record at least 35 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists in a single game. Triple-double No. 13 against the Jazz brings him just two away from Darrell Walker’s single-season franchise record (15). After a two-day break, he should be fresh and poised to close that gap to one on Sunday.
WIZARDS vs HEAT PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Russell Westbrook, PG, Nets (21.8 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 10.2 apg): Westbrook took the blame for the Wizards losing skid after their loss to the Kings, but his actions spoke louder than his words. He came out with real urgency against the Jazz and finished the game with 35 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists. He considers it his duty to lead the Wizards out of this slump and his job isn’t done yet.
Kyrie Irving, PG, Nets (28.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 5.7 apg): Irving went off for 43 points against the Magic on Friday, but the rest of the Nets squad failed to match his production. He’ll look to lead the way again as the Nets await Kevin Durant’s return from a hamstring injury.