The Washington Wizards will not have the services of Emeka Okafor (neck) or Chris Singleton (foot) Tuesday as they take on former Wizards forward Andray Blatche and the new-look Brooklyn Nets, but you can expect Washington's backcourt duo of Bradley Beal and John Wall to suit up for play.
Through all of the Training Camp injury reports, the good health of Beal and Wall continues to be one of the positives going forward for fans of the Wizards (obligatory knock on wood). For some fans, the chance to trash Blatche and the Nets--who now boast Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce--will satisfy the storyline even more, especially given Blatche's trash-talking history with Garnett. If the Wizards win, you can certainly expect some backlash from Garnett in the direction of a hapless Blatche.
To make it all the more interesting, Brooklyn's new Head Coach this season is Jason Kidd, who retired last season as a New York Knick after a whopping 19 years in the league. Preseason is preseason, but Wizards Head Coach Randy Wittman will have challenge on his hands tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBATV (announced earlier today to be broadcast on WFED 1500/106.7 The Fan).
Ones to watch tonight will be forward Jan Vesely and forward-center Kevin Seraphin. Washington needs a future center/power forward, and while neither have stepped up to the challenge yet, there's no one else on the Wizards' roster who can come close. With Okafor out--and gone next season--the duo needs to make the most out of their preseason.
The Tale of Two Mannings
If you missed the NFL Sunday you missed out on some Week 5 league history. Peyton Manning piloted the Denver Broncos 51-48 over the Dallas Cowboys, which dropped the Cowboys to 2-3. The game also represented the fourth time in NFL history that two teams had scored 48 or more points each (obligatory Romo face). Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New York Giants 36-21, despite losing Michael Vick to a hamstring injury.
What does that mean for Washington Redskins fans? The Cowboys lost, the Giants remain winless, and the Eagles are possibly without their starting quarterback in Vick. While Peyton threw his first interception on the season, brother Eli Manning--who plays for the Giants--threw three. Eli now has a league-high 12 combined on the season.
The Redskins will return from their Week 5 bye-week Sunday night at the Cowboys (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC). Washington can't get into a shootout as easily as Denver, and Dallas will likely try to test the run a bit more. For the 'Skins, quarterback Robert Griffin III will need to prove he has some of that Vick speed going on, and that he's finally ready for the option plays Washington succeeded with last season.