NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, November 28th
(All times Eastern)
Portland Trail Blazers (6-8) at Washington Wizards (0-12), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - There are very few bright spots for the winless Washington
Wizards because a franchise-worst 0-12 start has taken center stage.
Something has to give for the moribund Wizards as they close out a three-game
homestand Wednesday versus the Portland Trail Blazers. The losses continued to
pile up with Monday's 118-92 setback to the San Antonio Spurs. Jordan Crawford
and Kevin Seraphin scored 19 and 18 points, respectively, and Martell Webster
provided 16 points for the Wizards.
A.J. Price had 11 points, seven assists and five rebounds, while rookie
Bradley Beal added 11 points in defeat.
"We're all embarrassed, plain and simple. We knew the game plan and didn't
execute it," Webster said. "All-around effort was not up to par and we have to
Washington forward/center Nene missed the game with a foot injury and is
listed as questionable Wednesday. Nene just returned to action after missing
the first nine games of the season.
The Wizards are 0-6 at the Verizon Center this season and average an NBA-low
90.0 ppg. The New Jersey Nets had the worst start in NBA history in 2009-10,
when they dropped the first 18 games of the season. The Nets had been tied
with the 1988-89 expansion Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Clippers in the
lockout-shortened 1999 season with 17 straight defeats to open a campaign.
Portland has lost three of four games and is 0-2 on a seven-game road trip.
In a 108-101 setback at Detroit on Monday, LaMarcus Aldridge returned from a
one-game absence due to a stiff back and recorded a season-best 32 points and
10 rebounds. Rookie Damian Lillard missed his first 12 shots from the field
and finished with 12 points and seven assists for the Blazers.
Detroit had a 28-19 lead after the first quarter and shot 52.5 percent.
"We have to stop getting off to slow starts," Aldridge said. "We have to
figure something out."
Wesley Matthews posted 19 points in a losing effort. Lillard leads all rookies
in scoring (19.1 ppg), assists (6.1 apg) and steals (1.36 spg).
Portland will also visit Boston, Cleveland, Charlotte and Indiana on the
current road swing and is 2-5 away from the Rose City.
The Blazers and Wizards have split the past six meetings, but Portland owns a
9-4 ledger in the previous 13 matchups between the teams.
11/28 10:43:18 ET