The buzz lately has been that Bradley Beal is tired of losing in Washington. We knew he’d eventually get there, especially since the team seemed dedicated to the idea of being bad — without a clear plan on how to get good. It’s enough to make a good soldier like Beal, an extremely talented guard currently averaging 27.6 points, 6.5 assists, and 4.7 rebounds per game on 44/31/83 shooting splits. He’s the lone talent on the Wizards, and not coincidentally: they’re 13-27.
The Raptors, meanwhile, are almost the exact opposite of that. They’re 26-14, good for fourth in the conference — but also, they’re 5-5 over their last ten and have shown both the limits of their injury-ravaged lineup, and the work that still needs to be done to get all their healthy parts back up to speed. On Wednesday night, Toronto took a 30-point lead against the Thunder, and then watched it shrink to one measly point before they finally regained control and put the game away for good. It was a trying time, even with Pascal Siakam, Norman Powell, and Marc Gasol back on the court. Here’s hoping the almost full squad fares better tonight (against a far worse team in the Wiz).
Toronto will do so tonight without the help of Fred VanVleet, who remains out for perhaps one more game. Coach Nick Nurse confirmed pre-game that the plan is to have Fred sit tonight and potentially play tomorrow against the Timberwolves in Minnesota. It all sounds like it’s coming together for the Raptors — which, again, is the opposite of how things appear to be going in Washington. Ah well.
Below are the updated details for tonight’s game. Here’s the full preview from Dylan Litman. And now, let’s watch.
Where to Watch:
TSN 1/4, 7pm EST
Toronto – Kyle Lowry, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka, Marc Gasol
Washington – Isaac Bonga, Isaiah Thomas, Bradley Beal, Thomas Bryant, Ian Mahinmi
Toronto – Fred VanVleet (hamstring - out), Dewan Hernandez (ankle - out)
Washington – John Wall (Achilles - out), Garrison Matthews (ankle - out), Rui Hachimura (groin - out), Moritz Wagner (ankle - out)