NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, January 4th (All times eastern)
Washington Wizards (0-5) at Orlando Magic (4-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Washington Wizards are the only winless team remaining in the NBA and are on the verge of the worst start in franchise history.
The Wizards have dropped their first five games and tonight's road contest against the Orlando Magic could give them even more trouble. They started both the 2007-08 and 2008-09 campaigns with 0-5 marks and suffered a 100-92 loss at Boston on Monday.
Washington is winless on the road this season (0-3) and was just swept in a home-and-home series against the Boston Celtics. In Monday's 100-92 setback in Beantown, Andray Blatche scored 28 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Wizards, who got 17 points and 14 boards from JaVale McGee.
Wizards head coach Flip Saunders was ejected 1:46 into the game after the officials' whistles stayed silent when Greg Stiemsma blocked Rashard Lewis' shot and knocked him to the hardwood.
"It was quick," Wizards guard John Wall said of the ejection. "All I know is I heard everybody complaining about the call Rashard got, and then all of a sudden it was two technicals and [Saunders] was gone."
Wall had 11 points and eight assists in a losing cause. After their trip to central Florida, the Wizards will return to the Verizon Center for a three- game homestand versus the Knicks, Timberwolves and Raptors. McGee is averaging 14.5 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks, while shooting .565 percent from the field in his last four games.
Former Magic forward Rashard Lewis has averaged 19.6 points and 6.5 rebounds in 17 career games versus his old team. He also played for Seattle.
Orlando had a four-game winning streak broken with an 89-78 loss at Detroit on Monday. Dwight Howard had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Magic, who got 13 points apiece Hedo Turkoglu and Ryan Anderson.
"I don't know if we did anything good," Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy said. "We weren't committed from the beginning of the game to getting any shots. We didn't rebound at all. I don't even know how we were in shouting distance in the game."
The Magic hope to remain unbeaten at home this season (3-0).
Orlando won all four meetings with the Wizards a season ago and is unbeaten in the past six matchups between the teams. Washington has lost three in a row and 15 of its last 19 contests as the visitor in this series.
01/04 10:38:17 ET