The Wiz are 6-4 over their last 10. John Wall is now firmly back in the starting lineup. When Nene is in the lineup, he is a strong presence down low. Martell Webster decided he wants to be a 3-point specialist this season. Rookie shooting guard Bradley Beal is probably out with a sprained ankle.
Wizards probable starting lineup:
PG John Wall
SF Martell Webster
C Emeka Okafor
The Wolves 112-101 loss at Washington at the end of January was a particularly disheartening one. John Wall made Ricky Rubio look like a player coming off an ACL injury. Ricky shot 1-8 and things looked rough. The Wolves were without Pek in that one and they’ll be without Pek and AK tonight. J.J. Barea avoided a fine and suspension when his flagrant foul on Ray Allen was downgraded from 2 to 1.
Wolves probable starting lineup:
PG Ricky Rubio
SG Luke Ridnour
SF Mickael Gelabale
PF Derrick Williams
C Greg Stiemsma
Ricky’s determination and quickness are obviously much improved since the end of January. Tonight will be a big test.