Someone has to win when the 2-7 Wizards visit the 1-9 Sixers on Wednesday in a battle between “The Plan” and “The Process,” and while it would be premature to declare it a “must-win” game for Washington, a loss in Philadelphia in the first game of a back-to-back could be fodder for the second installment of “Today in #SoWizards.”

The Wizards will again be without their biggest free agent acquisition, center Ian Mahinmi, who underwent knee surgery in October. Bradley Beal is day-to-day with a hamstring injury and John Wall could be on a minutes restriction, further complicating things for first-year Coach Scott Brooks. Those factors are just a few of the reasons that Wizards owner Ted Leonsis is preaching patience with this year’s team.

“I understand right now that the fan base is not very happy with our performance,” the Monumental Sports & Entertainment chief executive said Monday during an hour-long “Ask the Owner” interview on WTOP. “Frankly, no one in the organization is happy with our performance. But it is very, very early in the season. We haven’t played 10 percent of our games this year. Again, if we learned anything from Washington, D.C. and the political season, we should not call the election too early. I’m not being smug in that comment; I mean it is very early. John Wall hasn’t been able to play back-to-back games as he overcomes an injury from the offseason. We don’t expect that issue to linger as we get into the season. Bradley Beal has missed a couple of games already. John was ejected from a couple of games. Our big free agent signing we think will add a lot of depth to us (Mahinmi) hasn’t made it onto the court, and I believe he will be able to play within 10 days or so. We do have to be patient, but I do understand what people are saying.”

The Wizards, who made a habit of starting slow during the past decade, dug themselves out of early-season holes before. During the 2013-14 season, Washington started 2-7, finished 44-38 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. In 2007, the Wizards began the season 0-5 and rebounded to make the playoffs with a 43-39 record.