NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, November 24th (All times eastern)
Charlotte Bobcats (6-5) at Washington Wizards (0-10), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Saturday night may represent the best chance yet for the Washington Wizards.
At 0-10, the NBA's only winless team hosts the Charlotte Bobcats, who played, and lost, Friday night in Charlotte, at the Verizon Center.
The Wizards became the 13th team in NBA history to start a season 0-10 and got there in heartbreaking fashion Wednesday night in a 101-100 overtime loss in Atlanta against the Hawks.
Kyle Korver drained a 3-pointer for the Hawks with 1.9 seconds left in overtime, but Washington got a decent look. Kevin Seraphin's hook shot from the elbow came up short, but Martell Webster stuck back the putback to apparently give the Wizards the win.
The officials watched the replay and saw the ball in Webster's hands when the backboard lit up, thus negating the basket and giving the Hawks the victory.
"I don't know how (the officials) counted it," said Wizards coach Randy Wittman. "Then they come back and say it's not good, which you have to determine because if it's that close ... our video shows it's good. I don't know. Obviously, there's two different videos, but what are you going to do?"
Lose again, if you're the Wizards. They can take solace in knowing that one of their injured stars, center Nene, returned Wednesday night and had 12 points in just under 20 minutes.
Seraphin managed a double-double with 21 points and 10 boards and four Wizards' bench players, including Nene, scored double-digits in points.
The Bobcats fell to the Hawks, 101-91 on Friday. Charlotte had won five of six before the setback at home and they had no answer for Atlanta's Al Horford. He had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and his side tallied 15 blocked shots.
Ramon Sessions led the way for the Bobcats with 22 points. The starting backcourt of Kemba Walker and Jeff Taylor each had 16 points as the Bobcats shot a sad 37.3 percent from the field.
"We had some nice opportunities and we didn't cash them in," Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap said. "We had some really good looks, especially in the fourth quarter, but the fact of the matter is that sometimes the ball doesn't go down."
The Bobcats might feel a twinge of sympathy for the Wizards. Last season, Charlotte had the lowest winning percentage in NBA history with a 7-59 record, including a 23-game losing streak.
The Wizards lost, 92-76, in Charlotte on Nov. 13, but had won five in a row against the Bobcats prior to the loss earlier this month.
11/24 10:54:25 ET