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Brooklyn Nets at Washington Wizards Live Game Thread: On the road...again

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NBA: Washington Wizards at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

WHO: Brooklyn Nets (8-15) at Washington Wizards (8-14)

WHAT: The Nets are now losers of 9 of their last 11 and 5 in a row - the Wizards aren’t much better. The good new is, someone’s gotta win this game.

WHERE: Capitol One Arena, Washington, D.C.

WHEN: 7:00 p.m. EST


THE STORY: Game Preview

I don’t know. I really don’t know. What do we do, what do we think, as a fanbase following a string of losses like the ones the Nets have just went through —and are still going through? Do we keep watching? You know the old train wreck thing?

If the Nets were a person, like a real human being, and they caused me this much agony and frustration and pain and stress, my therapist would tell me to just cut them out of my life. No more Nets. No more fourth quarter collapses. No more hands on my head, standing in front of my TV in disbelief. No more tweeting into the void about players and hero ball and refs and coaching decisions.

But, as I’m sure plenty of you understand, that’s not going to happen. Because the Nets play Saturday night. And I’m going to sit my ass down on my couch in front of my TV and watch them again. Like I have a million times. And I’ll do it a million more. That’s just what we do.

The Wizards, believe it or not, are probably worse in terms of fanbase frustration. After all, no one thought the Nets would contend. Wizards fans thought their team would! Washington is coming into this one on a two game losing streak and sit at 10th in the East, one spot in front of Brooklyn. Their two biggest stars don’t like each other and their center just underwent spinal surgery.

The Nets beat the Wizards 115-104 last time these two played each other, and the Nets need a W in the worst way. Let’s get into it.

For more on the Wizards, visit Bullets Forever

The Nets aren’t a great defense — they’re currently 23rd in points allowed per 100 possessions — but they’re good at getting teams to shoot in the wrong spots. They force teams to shoot more mid-range shots per game than any other defense and fewer threes than any other team.

In fact, the Wizards themselves were held to their fewest 3-point attempts all season against Brooklyn. If Washington wants to flip the script in this meeting, they’ll have to avoid settling for what Brooklyn gives them and find ways to get what they want.