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Wizards vs. Warriors Pregame: The Last Stand

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Regular Season Game 73

Wizards (36-37) at Warriors (66-7)

March 29, 2016 at 10:30 PM
Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic
Radio: 99.1FM


Last time they met was..

February 2, 2016 – Verizon Center: Warriors 134, Wizards 121
READ: Wizards vs. Warriors: Gladiators, Heroes, And Legends


What to watch

The Wizards last stand.

Sitting two games behind Detroit in the loss column, the Wizards are mathematically still in the playoff hunt. Mathematically.

But in the midst of a 5 game road trip, the only chance of capitalizing on their sliver of a playoff hope is to win games they’re not supposed to win.

Tonight’s game is a game they’re really, really, really not supposed to win. While the Wizards are playing for a miracle, the Warriors are playing for history. 73+ wins are well within reach for Golden State, as long as they don’t lose focus against any desperate team playing for their playoff lives.

The Wizards SHOULD be desperate. They SHOULD be playing for their playoff lives. But how many times have we said that this year?


Key Matchup

Wizards defense vs. Klay Thompson

Over the last 10 games, Klay Thompson, not Steph Curry, has been the Warriors best shooter.

Last 10 games (9-1 record):

Klay: 27.7 points, 51% FG, 58% 3FG, 96% FT
Steph: 28.0 points, 48% FG, 40% 3FG, 87% FT

First of all, the fact Steph’s numbers are considered “slumping” is insane in its own right, but while Steph has been slumping, Klay has been SCORCHING.

It doesn’t matter how Great Wall is offensively, or Beal, or Otto, or Markieff. If the Wizards don’t lock in on D, and defend the three point line like their lives depend on it (and their playoff lives DO depend on it), this game won’t even be close.


X-factor

Home Court History.

The Warriors are 35-0 at home. The best regular season home record in NBA history is the 1986 Boston Celtics 40-1.

This game is at Oracle Arena.

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Fun Factor:

Remembering the not-so-epic Battle of the Game Changers between John Wall and Steph Curry.

The entire thing was just as contrived as it looked. After Degree – the deodorant people – endorsed Steph Curry as the NBA’s “game changer,” Wall took it as a slight and responded.

Curry then colorlessly responded to him:

Then Wall in a 9 second YouTube video:

Then Curry in a 5 second YouTube video:

And just when you thought the pre-battle sequences were lame as hell, the battle itself was flat out awful. It was literally comprised of a series of every basketball challenge an NBA game changer WOULDN’T face in a real life situation.

Like this one, trying to make a shot while sitting on their ass:

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Another challenge was shooting a free throw blindfolded. But he final challenge couldn’t be any more fitting for such a terrible event: making a 3-point shot over Michael Rappaport. And go figure that John Wall, the superbly lesser talented 3-point shooter than Steph Curry, bailed out the victory with his shot:

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Prediction

No game changers from DC this time around. Warriors get to 36-0 home. Klay gets to 30+ points. Wizards get to 38 losses, 3 behind Detroit. Only mathematicians continue using “Wizards” and “playoffs” in the same sentence.

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