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Wizards in Charm City

October 17, 2013
Checking in from Baltimore Arena in downtown Baltimore where the Wizards get set to take on the New York Knicks for their fourth preseason game of the season.  After playing in Rio last Saturday night, taking an hour drive up the beltway was nothing. 

This is the former home of the Wizards franchise, then called the Bullets, and will be the first time the team has returned to Baltimore Arena since hosting a preseason game in 1999. 

Baltimore is also home to both Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell,  who was named Baltimore Player of the Year as a senior at Dunbar in 1988, and to Knicks star Carmelo Anthony,  who was named Baltimore's County Player of the Year as a junior at Towson Catholic in 2001. 

The team has some cool stuff planned for the night to help pay homage to the past which should make for an entertaining preseason game. 

As for the game itself, it will be another good test for the Wizards against a quality opponent.  After taking down the Miami Heat for an impressive 100-82 win on Tuesday night, the Wizards are hoping that strong play continues in Baltimore tonight. 

Nene, who missed Tuesday's game for personal reasons as he was still in Brazil, returned to the team but was not present at shootaround this morning.  He is not expected to play tonight, but Randy Wittman said before the game that "we will see.". 

We will likely see the same lineup from Tuesday night start the game, with Wall & Beal in the backcourt and Ariza, Booker & Seraphin in the frontcourt.  It will be another good chance for the young bigs (Booker, Seraphin, & Vesely) to show the coaches what they can provide for this team.

At shootaround this morning, we heard from Martell Webster who talked about having Nene back and then had his spokesman Garrett Temple join him for the end of the interview. This wasn't the first time we've seen this and it won't be the last.

Glen Rice also talked about his play through the first three games of preseason

Tonight's #WizKnicks game is scheduled for 7pm and can be seen on CSN.