Season Series: Lakers 1-0
Streaks: Lakers won 5 - Wizards lost 10
Divisional Standings: Lakers 1st Pacific - Wizards 5th Southeast
Lakers face one of the worst NBA teams, the Washington Wizards. The Wizards have lost 10 straight and show all the signs of losing more. If this was golf, the Wizards low record would be great, unfortunately this isn't. The team is in grave condition and desperately needs a go to guy, a leader that will motivate other teammates to win games and end this horrid season on a semi high.
The key players that started the season jumped ship or left for other reasons. Caron Butler went to Dallas, Antawn Jamison became a Cavalier, Arenas went all-in with weapons charges that resulted to an early season suspension and Josh Howard is out for the season with a torn left ACL. The result is a broken team who only look forward to the end of the season for rehabbing.
Washington's only hope is in Andray Blatche who is playing consistently well, Mike Miller who is always a 3 point threat and Al Thornton who plays well but is very scratchy. Shaun Livingston recently signed a 10 day contract with the team and now it appears he will remain a Wizard for the rest of the season. If you remember he was out the entire 2007-08 NBA season due to this injury. Warning, this video is not easy on the eyes.
Lakers will use this game as practice scrimmage ball and allow for the bench to show some production. A Laker that will definitely not suit up tonight is Bynum. He will be out for 2 weeks with a strained left Achilles' tendon that thankfully revealed no rupture which means no season ending surgery. This will be the Lakers last home game of the month and will easily be the last home win of the month as well.
This game should leave me changing the channel at the end of 3rd quarter.