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3-on-3: Who’s Asking About The Washington Wizards 2011-2012 Schedule?

Updated: December 6, 2011

The abbreviated 66-game schedule of the Washington Wizards was released on Tuesday evening (also listed at the bottom of this post). They start with the New Jersey Nets at home on December 26 and end at home against the Miami Heat on April 26. The four months in-between packs in a lot of action, and even more questions. Beckley Mason, John Townsend and Kyle Weidie answer three of them.

Q1: What stretch of games will pose the toughest challenge for the Wizards?

MASON: The March 13-21 road swing looks brutal. San Antonio, Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta, Memphis, New Jersey… Mercy! Each team, besides perhaps New Jersey and New Orleans if they deal Chris Paul, should have a winning record. Given how weak the Wizards were on the road last year, it’s tough to imagine the Wizards emerging from that gauntlet with even their luggage intact.

TOWNSEND: The February road trip will be a challenge, an obvious choice given the Wizards won just three games away from home last season; though it might be worth noting that the 2010-11 Wizards won their first road game in February, a 115-110 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. The Wizards are scheduled to play five road games in eight days: beginning in Detroit on February 12, followed by a back-to-back in Portland and Los Angeles (Clippers), and capped off with games in Utah and Phoenix.

WEIDIE: Three straight games, lots of miles. Flight to Portland after a Sunday evening game in Detroit against the Pistons: 2,400 miles. Flight to Los Angeles from Portland after a game against the Blazers on Tuesday (Valentine’s Day on the road = lonely): 1,000 miles. After a matchup against Blake Griffin and the Clippers in LA on Wednesday, the Wizards still have two games left on a West Coast swing (Utah and Phoenix).

Q2: What stretch might most help the young Wizards achieve winning confidence?

MASON: Early in the year (Jan 14-22), the Wizards have a nice little homestand against four teams that made the playoffs and one, Houston, that just missed last year. That might help get things going, you can only build so much confidence by beating the Raptors by 12 at home.

TOWNSEND: The first three games on the schedule; Washington will play winnable games against the New Jersey Nets, Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks. Starting the season 3-0 ought to give a young Wizards team a boost going into a New Year’s back-to-back with the Boston Celtics, a team they split wins with in four meetings last season.

WEIDIE: Three games in a row at home (game nos. 7-9 on the season) from January 6-10 could be a jumping off point for this young team’s confidence —  Knicks on Friday, Timberwolves on Sunday and Raptors on Tuesday. After opening against the Nets in the District on December 26, Washington plays four of five on the road, against the Hawks, Bucks, Celtics and Magic. It remains to be seen how beatable the Knicks will be, but if the Wizards can round themselves out with winning those three at the Verizon Center, the rest of January looks possible.

Q3: Which three games should the Wizards circle on their calendars?

MASON: This schedule is an ungodly grind. But there are a few games in which the Wizards will be coming off two days of rest: at Phoenix in February, against Cleveland in March and at Charlotte in April, that they need to take advantage of. There are few “breaks” in this schedule, but those games on a little extra rest and against bad opponent count just as much as beating Boston in the fourth game in five nights.

TOWNSEND: The January 18 meeting vs. Oklahoma City (remember that surprisingly inspired double-overtime game against the Thunder?), the March 7 game vs. the Lakers (perhaps against an All-Star cast led by Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard), and every game vs. the Miami Heat, the reigning Eastern Conference Champions.

WEIDIE: There’s a red circle around Sunday, January 1 and Monday, January 2 on the calendar… and it’s been drawn over in marker several times. No, it’s not about new year’s resolutions, although the calendar year turn will likely provide a boost in pride. It’s about the young Wizards, namely Andray Blatche and Jordan Crawford, matching up against the old barking dog Kevin Garnett and his Boston Celtics in a home-and-home series, first in D.C. and then in Boston. If you want to circle a third one, do the last game of the regular season against Miami in Washington. Will it be meaningful for the Wizards?

Washington Wizards 2011-12 NBA Schedule

12/16/2011 vs Philadelphia (Preseason)
12/20/2011 @ Philadelphia (Preseason)
12/26/2011 vs New Jersey
12/28/2011 @ Atlanta
12/30/2011 @ Milwaukee
1/1/2012 vs Boston
1/2/2012 @ Boston
1/4/2012 @ Orlando
1/6/2012 vs New York
1/8/2012 vs Minnesota
1/10/2012 vs Toronto
1/11/2012 @ Chicago
1/13/2012 @ Philadelphia
1/14/2012 vs Philadelphia
1/16/2012 vs Houston
1/18/2012 vs Oklahoma City
1/20/2012 vs Denver
1/22/2012 vs Boston
1/23/2012 @ Philadelphia
1/25/2012 vs Charlotte
1/27/2012 @ Houston
1/28/2012 @ Charlotte
1/30/2012 vs Chicago
2/1/2012 @ Orlando
2/3/2012 @ Toronto
2/4/2012 vs LA Clippers
2/6/2012 vs Toronto
2/8/2012 vs New York
2/10/2012 vs Miami
2/12/2012 @ Detroit
2/14/2012 @ Portland
2/15/2012 @ LA Clippers
2/17/2012 @ Utah
2/20/2012 @ Phoenix
2/22/2012 vs Sacramento
2/28/2012 @ Milwaukee
2/29/2012 vs Orlando
3/3/2012 vs Cleveland
3/5/2012 vs Golden State
3/7/2012 vs LA Lakers
3/10/2012 vs Portland
3/12/2012 @ San Antonio
3/13/2012 @ Dallas
3/15/2012 @ New Orleans
3/16/2012 @ Atlanta
3/18/2012 @ Memphis
3/21/2012 @ New Jersey
3/22/2012 vs Indiana
3/24/2012 vs Atlanta
3/25/2012 @ Boston
3/26/2012 vs Detroit
3/29/2012 @ Indiana
3/30/2012 vs Philadelphia
4/1/2012 @ Toronto
4/2/2012 vs Milwaukee
4/4/2012 vs Indiana
4/5/2012 @ Detroit
4/6/2012 @ New Jersey
4/9/2012 @ Charlotte
4/10/2012 vs Orlando
4/13/2012 @ New York
4/14/2012 vs Cleveland
4/16/2012 @ Chicago
4/18/2012 vs Milwaukee
4/21/2012 @ Miami
4/23/2012 vs Charlotte
4/25/2012 @ Cleveland
4/26/2012 vs Miami

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Kyle founded TAI in 2007 and has been weaving in and out the world of Wizards ever since, ducking WittmanFaces, jumping over G-Wiz, and avoiding stints on the DNP-Conditioning list. He has covered the Washington pro basketball team as a member of the media since 2009. Kyle currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.