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Preview: Warriors face Wizards’ red-hot Beal in Durant’s homecoming

The champs are streaking, but Washington is quietly turning their season around behind their sharpshooting guard.

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Washington Wizards Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Game Details

WHO: Golden State Warriors at Washington Wizards

WHERE: Capital One Arena — Washington, D.C.

WHEN: Thursday, January 24th, 2019 @ 5:00 PM (Pacific Time)

WATCH: TNT, NBCSBA

RADIO: 95.7 The Game

Blog Buddy: Bullets Forever

Injuries

Warriors: Damian Jones (torn pectoral), out.

Wizards: John Wall (left heel surgery), Markieff Morris (neck stiffness), Dwight Howard (back surgery), out.

Kevin Durant returns home to his stomping grounds of the DMV area in this tilt vs the wounded Washington Wizards. This visit will mark the third time he’s played for Golden State against his hometown team. Durant suffered a severe leg injury in his first visit there as a Warrior in 2017 before returning last season and drilling them for 32 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists in a Dubs victory.

The Wizards are coached by his Durant’s former head coach in Oklahoma City, Scotty Brooks. Additionally, Wizards assistant coach David Adkins was Durant’s coach in high school at Montrose Christian High in Maryland. I’m sure KD will look to put on a spectacular performance in front of all of those familiar faces, as will Quinn Cook and Marcus Derrickson, fellow DMV natives.

Of course, they won’t be the only Warrior interested in balling out in D.C. The last time Steph Curry saw the Wizards, he was dropping 51 points on them in Oracle earlier this season...in three quarters.

That performance was against the alleged defensive prowess of Wizards All-Star John Wall, who won’t even be available for the rest of the season with a foot injury.

How bout those Wizards?

The Wizards were 13-22 when Wall’s season was cut short with his foot injury. Yet, they have fought back to salvage the season, going 7-4 under the leadership of shooting guard Bradley Beal. Over his last five games, Beal is averaging 30.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 7.0 assists, and 2.0 steals on 46% shooting from both the field and from beyond the arc.

Over those last five games, the Wizards sport a 4-1 record, with their only loss a double-overtime thriller against Toronto where Beal tallied up a 43 point triple-double.

Is Beal the best player on the Wizards?? The Warriors will have to investigate. The champs are currently on an eight game winning streak and integrating DeMarcus Cousins into the lineup relatively smoothly.

The Dubs are ready to put on quite a show in the nation’s capital, folks.

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