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Game Preview: Wizards welcome home DC native Jeff Allen, and his Maccabi Haifa squad

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Maccabi Haifa at Washington

October 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
TV: None
Radio: 99.1FM


Tale of the Tape

[ezcol_1third]WIZARDS[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third][/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]MACCABI HAIFA[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]3-1[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]TEAM RECORD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]1-1[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]89.0[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PPG (own)[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]66.0[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]89.5[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PPG (opp)[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]74.5[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Won 1[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]W/L STREAK[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Lost 1[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Won vs. Det, 91-89[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PREVIOUS GAME[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Lost vs. Jerusalem, 76-58[/ezcol_1third_end]


Projected Starting Lineups

[ezcol_1third]WIZARDS[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third][/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]MACCABI HAIFA[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]John Wall[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]POINT GUARD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Dagan Yavzuri[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Glen Rice[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]SHOOTING GUARD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Tomer Ber-Aven[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Otto Porter[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]SMALL FORWARD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Jeff Allen[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]DeJuan Blair[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]POWER FORWARD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Hector Hernandez[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Marcin Gortat[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]CENTER[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Alexey Chubrevich[/ezcol_1third_end]


Spotlight Matchup

John Wall vs. Dagan Yavzuri

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Although it’s very likely Wall is going to pick apart this matchup, I still kinda like what may become of it. Size-wise Yavzuri matches up fairly well with Wall, standing just under 6’4 with some moderate length. Most of Yavzuri’s scoring comes by way of his efficient shooting and if he can manage to break away from Wall’s defense and find a good a shot, he’s going to take it. His length also allows him to jump passing lanes and makes him a solid rebounder. Of course, this has all been happening within the confines of EuroLeague ball which will probably deem all this analysis ineffectual. Either way, for your convenience, here’s an odd highlight reel of Dagan Yazvuri’s floaters…

Wall has had a history of struggles against Euro-style point guards, namely guys like Goran Dragic and Jose Calderon but in this case I’m pretty confident he’ll be able to contain Yazvuri. It doesn’t seem like Yazvuri beats a lot of defenders off the dribble and he doesn’t really take it to the rim much. As evidenced in the video above, he has a knack for chucking up #MaynorTime floaters when pursuing the basket which worries me very little. Expect this to be a game-polisher for John.


Who’s Hurt?

Bradley. Beal. Salt. Wound.

And Kris Humphries and Martell Webster, of course.


The Keys to a Wizards Win

– Domination down low. Besides a 7-foot center in Alexy Chubrevich, Maccabi doesn’t really portray a formidable front court. Their next tallest guy stands at 6’9 so you can expect this to be a cakewalk for guys like DeJuan Blair and Marcin Gortat. What I’d really like to see is Kevin Seraphin using his playing time wisely tonight against a vastly weaker interior. Seraphin has to try excelling in the post this season and there’s no better opportunity to work on that than tonight against an inferior non-NBA team.

– Guard’s play. *Specifically peering over at you, Glen Anthony Rice, Junior* Rice knocked down three of his four 3-point shots in the preseason opener against Chicago, but hasn’t made a single one since. He’s 0-for-9 and shooting 25% from the field in his last three games. That doesn’t bode very well for a team and fan base trying hard not to lose their mind over their top scoring guard being out for two months. Again, with the Wizards facing a touring non-NBA squad, guys like Rice and Xavier Silas need to capitalize. And while we’re talking about shooting, it’s fair to mention Otto Porter, who unlike his fellow sophomore has been shooting the ball well so I’m looking forward to that.


Maccabi Haifa – Washington Wizards Connections

(Taken from Maccabi Haifa’s official website)

– Marcin Gortat faced this Maccabi team last October as a member of the Phoenix Suns, right before getting shipped to DC. Gortat finished with 6 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in 16 minutes.

– Kris Humphries played against Maccabi Haifa as a member of the New Jersey Nets in 2010. He scored 6 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 24 minutes.

– Maccabi Haifa power forward Ike Ofoegbu and Damion James have an AAU connection from when the two played for the Texas Bluechips basketball team during Ofoegbu’s junior and senior year of high school.

– Maccabi Haifa power forward Jeff Allen is DC native and played his collegiate ball at Virginia Tech.

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