The Washington Wizards' quest to end their winless season continues on Wednesday evening at Verizon Center, as the Portland Trail Blazers make their one visit to DC. The Blazers may present the Wizards' best opportunity for a win in the next few weeks. Portland is 6-8 on the season and is currently in the middle of a seven-game road trip through the Eastern Conference. They're 0-2 on the trip so far, including a seven-point loss to the Pistons on Monday night.
The Wizards will likely be getting back the services of Shaun Livingston, who sat out Monday's loss to the Spurs with an injured shoulder. Livingston hurt himself in Washington's weekend loss to the Bobcats when he scrambled to the floor for a loose ball. The injury is minor, and coach Randy Wittman stated that Livingston was available against San Antonio, but the game was out of reach and taking precaution was the best route.
In other Wizards news, Nene will play against Portland after sitting out Monday's game, while Trevor Booker has been ruled out with a strained knee.
Livingston could come in handy against the Blazers, who are led by explosive point guard Damian Lillard. The rookie is second on the team in scoring at 19.1 points per game, and has provided an excellent outside presence to complement LaMarcus Aldridge on the interior. Lillard's quickness will certainly present a challenge for the Wizards backcourt.
Tip is scheduled 7 p.m. ET at Verizon Center, and the game will be broadcast locally on CSN.