WASHINGTON (TICKER) —The Washington Wizards hope to have Michael Jordan in the lineup on Wednesday when they host struggling Los Angeles Clippers, who open a season-high six-game road trip at the MCI Center.
Jordan has not missed a game this season, but left Tuesday’s game against Toronto with back spasms midway through the second quarter. He will be re-evaluated on Wednesday and will be a game-time decision against Los Angeles.
The Wizards will need Jordan - the team’s second-leading scorer - if they hope to climb the Eastern Conference standings. They are one game behind Milwaukee for the eighth and final playoff spot in the conference.
Washington has dropped consecutive games following a three-game winning streak and opened a three-game homestand with an 89-86 loss to Toronto on Tuesday.
Washington has won six of its last eight home games and is 20-12 at the MCI Center this season.
Los Angeles’ losing streak of the season reached a season-high six games with a 111-108 defeat to the New Orleans Hornets on Monday.
Los Angeles fell to 1-5 without forward Elton Brand, who is sidelined with a stress fracture in his left ankle and is considered day-to-day.
The Clippers have lost eight of their last nine road games and is 8-19 away from home this season.
Washington posted a 108-104 victory at the Staples Center on February 12 and is trying to sweep the season series from Los Angeles for the first time since 1997-98.