Game Details: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. 4:00 PM. TV: CSN. Radio: KXTG (95.5 FM)
Projected Portland Starting Lineup: PG Andre Miller (#24, 6′2″, Utah), SG Brandon Roy (#7, 6′6″, Washington), SF Wesley Matthews (#2, 6′5″, Marquette), PF LaMarcus Aldridge (#12, 6′11″, Texas), C Marcus Camby (#23, 6′11″, UMass)
Projected Washington Starting Lineup: PG John Wall (#2, 6’4″, Kentucky), SG Gilbert Arenas (#9, 6’4″, Arizona), SF Al Thornton (#14, 6’8″, Florida State), PF Andray Blatche (#7, 6’11”, South Kent School), C JaVale McGee (#34, 7’0″, UNR)
I could spend this preview post talking about how the Blazers match up against the lowly Washington Wizards, but there wouldn’t be a point. The Blazers don’t match up well against anybody at the moment. To their credit, they did actually play the fourth quarter Wednesday night against the Celtics, but this is still the lowest they’ve been since they were a lottery team three seasons ago. They have lost five in a row and there is no guarantee that they won’t end this four-game road trip three games below .500.
Make no mistake, the Wizards are a bad team. No. 1 overall pick John Wall is as good as people thought he’d be, averaging 18 points and 9 assists. He’s the biggest reason to watch this game–I certainly can’t recommend watching it on the Blazers’ recent merits. The Blazers are a better team top to bottom than the Wizards. If they show up, they should win. If they don’t play all four quarters, they won’t. You hate to simplify it like that, but that’s what it comes down to. Let’s just get this awful road trip behind us.