WIZARDS AT JAZZ, 9 P.M. ET

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  • The Utah Jazz, playing just their second game in nine days, expect to have the advantage in the fresh legs department against the Washington Wizards tonight. Utah was in a similar situation in its last game, against Cleveland on Saturday. The Jazz are rested, while the Wizards are closing out a five-game road trip against Western Conference teams. Cleveland also wrapped up a five-game road trip against Western Conference teams in Utah on Saturday. The Jazz started slowly in that game before pulling away in the second half to earn a 109-98 victory. “We’ve had a few good days off and a couple of good days of practice,” said Utah coach Tyrone Corbin. “When you have days off, the thing is getting back to game speed. (Against Cleveland) it took a while for us to get there. Hopefully tonight that process will be a little shorter.”
  • Washington has been impressive on its five-game road trip, going 2-2 with wins over Denver and Portland. The Wizards, as coach Randy Wittman put it, gave a game away against Sacramento on the trip, and played the Clippers tough until late in the fourth quarter. Wittman said it’s crucial for his team, which is 5-2 in its last seven games, to win tonight. “We came out here winning three in a row at home,” Wittman said. “It’s very important (to win tonight). The last game of the trip, (if) you come in and get a win, (it) kind of propels you when you get back home. It keeps you going in that direction.”
  • The Jazz defeated the Wizards, 83-76, the first time the two teams played this season in Washington on Nov. 17. Coach, however, places citations, and says Washington has changed drastically since that game with John Wall and Nene returning from injuries. Corbin said it’s almost useless to look at that game as a point of reference for tonight. “They’re a different club with John Wall in there,” Corbin said. “He hasn’t started for them, but he’s getting a lot more minutes. With Nene on the floor, he gives them a bigger presence. He’s a good passer for a big guy down low. We got to make sure we understand who they are now compared to who they were when we played them earlier. It’s a different ballclub.”
  • Speaking of Wall, Wittman said he’s still getting his legs under him since missing the first 33 games of the season with a stress injury to his left patella. He’s averaging 14 points and 6.7 assists per game while coming off the bench. “It’s still a work in progress,” Wittman said. “He’s not nearly where he’s going to be in a couple more weeks in terms of conditioning. When you sit out 3 and 1/2  months, you can’t really do a lot because of your knee. You can’t run; can’t do a lot of conditioning. He’s got to stay patient and I got to stay patient. We got to continue to monitor his minutes. The more we move forward, the better and better he’s going to get in that aspect.”

Andrew Aragon

One Comment

  1. 2-k says:

    look this offseason needs to be a major change , especially in the draft !!! when it come john wall needs to be traded for a top pick , i know you asking why i say this ! that Noel kid is one but that Mahummid kid from Ucla is another ! Bradley can play point and will cause trouble he can shoot !!! jordan crawford can also !! okafor will sweetning the deal also !!!we also have an extra 2nd Rd draft pick this year , to trade . Free agency there going to be plenty of power forward coming from Utah . that kanter guy from utah is we also need so booker an price will be right for trade with a 2014 2nd rd draft !!!

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