Perhaps like everyone else in the country, the Wizards decided to take a few minutes away from their regular jobs to fill out their NCAA brackets.
Not surprisingly, John Wall has his alma mater Kentucky winning it all, while Nick Young, a USC alum, chose UConn. JaVale McGee, who attended Nevada, also chose UConn, and high-school to NBA player Andray Blatche chose Duke.
Also weighing in were rookie Jordan Crawford out of Xavier, who picked Kansas, Maurice Evans out of Texas who chose Ohio State, and Kansas State’s Cartier Martin, who also went with UConn.
But despite taking a few moments to indulge in March Madness like everyone else, the Wizards have to get down to business tonight in Toronto as they face the Raptors, who like the Wizards, are languishing at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with a record of 18-49.
The Wizards still have only one road victory, and after having two days off since their last game in Chicago, a loss to the Bulls, the hopefully well-rested Wizards have a good chance to pick up road victory number two.
Still shorthanded, the Wizards are expected to be without Rashard Lewis (knee), Andray Blatche (shoulder) and Cartier Martin (knee). Nick Young (knee) is questionable for tonight’s game. The Raptors are also in rebuilding mode after losing all-star forward Chris Bosh to the Miami Heat last season, as he went to join the so-called “Super Friends” in South Beach, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
Even if available, the hobbling Young will have a tough time guarding fellow USC alum DeMar DeRozan, who has been known to post a few monster dunks over the past couple of seasons worthy of his own highlight reel.
Providing some help for the injury riddled Wizards will be Othyus Jeffers, who the Wizards signed to a 10-day contract on Thursday. Jeffers is a 6’5” swingman from the Iowa Energy in the NBA’s D-League. Jeffers was the D-League Rookie of the Year in 2009, and has posted an average of 21.1 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists this year through 38 games. Jeffers played in 15 NBA games this season after receiving call ups from the San Antonio Spurs and the Utah Jazz.
Wizards vs. Raptors, tonight from the Air Canada Centre; tipoff is at 7.