TORONTO — The Washington Wizards will try to get back to the level of play that they displayed last Friday in Miami when they take on the Toronto Raptors in what will be the first of two meetings this week.
In the Raptors, the Wizards will face a team that like them, entered the season with high expectations after offseason additions, but instead of stumbled out of the gates.
Like the Wizards, the Raptors have been their own worse enemy, as turnovers have proven costly. Toronto has averaged close to 20 turnovers a game during their current three-game losing streak.
Flip Saunders said the Wizards must get their offense going tonight if they expect to have a chance, because unlike Washington, Toronto hasn’t had problems scoring. “If you don’t score 100 points tonight, you’re probably not going to beat this team,” Saunders said.
The Wizards finally have some continuity going as far as their starting lineup goes. Tonight they will for the fourth straight game, start Gilbert Arenas, Nick Young, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison and Brendan Haywood. Toronto will start Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Hedo Turkoglu, Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani.