Even without John Wall earlier this season, the Washington Wizards found a way to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers and end their franchise-worst start.
Now that Wall's back, the league-worst Wizards are looking to extend the Blazers' season-high losing streak to six when these teams meet on Monday night in Portland.
Losers of 12 straight to open the season, Washington (8-30) finally got into the win column with an 84-82 victory over Portland on Nov. 28.
The Blazers (20-20) will now get their first look at Wall this season after the point guard missed the first 33 games due to a stress injury to his left kneecap. The Wizards have won three times since the former No. 1 overall pick made his season debut five games ago.
Coming off the bench for coach Randy Wittman, Wall is averaging 15.6 points with 7.6 assists after scoring 24 with six assists in Saturday's 94-87 loss at the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Clippers.
Washington's offense is unsurprisingly looking much better...