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Off To Richmond: The Wizards’ Home Floor Away From Home

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Updated: October 6, 2009

{There’s the Wizards home floor … transported all the way from D.C. to VCU’s Siegel Center in Richmond, Virginia}

Currently en route to Richmond for the Wizards’ preseason opener, I’m not exactly sure how I’ll be covering games this season. But for tonight I’m going to update the goings-ons of the game via Twitter, which will also update live in a post on this site (hopefully).

The game will not be televised, but can be heard over the radio on 107.6 The Fan.

So, follow me on Twitter and check back here to see anything you may have missed.

From the other side: Check out tonight’s preview from Memphis Grizzlies blog, 3 Shades of Blue.

I wrote the preview below for 3 SOB, but for one reason or another, it didn’t make it up on their site …

Washington will finally be able to test the cohesion they’ve been working on in training camp when they open the preseason against the Grizzlies on Tuesday. Integrating three newcomers expected to receive significant minutes (Randy Foye, Mike Miller, Fabricio Oberto) and three previous starters who missed a bulk of 08-09 due to injury (Gilbert Arenas, DeShawn Stevenson, Brendan Haywood) has gone smoothly so far with new coach Flip Saunders leading the charge. Ready to erase the embarrassment of a 19-win campaign, the team has been receptive to what Saunders has been preaching. Excitement and selflessness are the prevailing themes as players young and old are anxious to turn over a new leaf and earn minutes in Saunders’ 8 to 9 man rotation.

Four of the five starting positions are set with incumbents: Arenas at point guard, Caron Butler at small forward, Antawn Jamison at power forward, and Haywood at center. The starting shooting guard spot has been left unfilled. Saunders has said he will decide via an open battle that will span from training camp and through the preseason schedule. Who starts versus Memphis might not be who starts on opening night against Dallas. Flip has been relatively coy on the subject. For Tuesday’s game, he facetiously told me this weekend he would decide at 7 pm. On Monday, he suggested that it could be decided by a match of ‘rock, paper, scissors’. The latest reports (speculation) indicate that Miller (because of his three-point shooting and passing), and Stevenson (with his perimeter defense) have separated themselves from the other two candidates, Nick Young and Randy Foye (who likely will see significant minutes backing up Arenas at the point).
[UPDATE: Young will start tonight.]

The Wizards have very high hopes this season, and will surely be able to put points on the board with an array of options. But the real gauge of potential success will the improvement of their defense. Will the players master Saunders’ match-up zone and apply his instruction with more focus and execution than they’ve exerted on D in the past? We will see.

And now the big NBA blogger 2009-10 preview extravaganza …

Boston Celtics

CelticsBlog LOY’s PlaceCeltics17Red’s ArmyHoops AddictCeltics CentralCeltics HubGino’s Jungle

New Jersey Nets

Slippery When NetsBarkley’s Mouth

New York Knicks

Posting and ToastingBandwagon Knick

Philadelphia 76ers

Liberty Ballers

Toronto Raptors

RaptorsHQ.comHoops Addict

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