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Wizards at Jazz Pregame: An Ex-Wizard Extravaganza

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Regular Season Game 64

Wizards (30-33) at Jazz (29-35)

March 111, 2016 at 9:00 PM
Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic
Radio: 99.1FM


Last time they met was..

March 16, 2015 – Verizon Center: Wizards 105, Blazers 97
Read: Game Notebook 52, Wizards vs. Jazz: Flexin’ On Em


What to watch

Two teams struggling to escape the gripping quicksand of playoff elimination. The Wizards have lost 3 straight games, and are currently 2.5 games behind the Pistons for the 8 spot in the West. The Jazz have lost 7 of their last 8 games, and are currently 3 full games behind the Rockets for the 8 spot in the East. The stakes for tonight are pretty dope.

What’s been going on with the Wizards?

What hasn’t been going on with the Wizards? After winning 6 of their first 8 games after the All-Star break which included a cute little 4-game winning streak, the Wizards reverted back to, well, the Wizards, losing their next three. Their struggles are cast by an inability to maintain momentum after building a big lead (i.e. the Pacers and Blazers games). They got shot out the arena in Cleveland. They missed 21 of 46 free throws over the span of two games. They are the premiere pretenders of playoff contention in this league, and frankly, I don’t think they deserve a spot in it. Sorry to waste your season, John Wall.

What’s been going on with the Jazz?

The Jazz actually showed a bit of promise earlier in the season. Dante Exum and Alec Burks were promising young guards. Gordon Hayward is molding into a star. Rudy Gobert is a beast. Trevor Booker is still a sweetheart. The last time the Jazz faced the Wizards a few weeks ago, they had won 8 of 9 games and feeling themselves. So. What’s been going on with the Jazz now? Exum and Burks are injured. Gordon Hayward’s work toll has vastly increased and word on the Salt Lake streets is that he’s just become tired. Rudy Gobert is still a force but he’s regressed a bit since a previous injury. The Jazz just seem discombobulated and frustrated.


Key Matchup

John Wall vs. Shelvin Mack???

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The former most important backup point guard of the league was acquired by the Jazz from Atlanta right at the trade deadline last month. In dealing with the injuries to their backcourt, Utah coveted Mack, who has started 9 of 10 games since coming on board. Mack played just one season in DC behind John Wall, and was shipped away to Atlanta before Washington made any real dedication to develop him into anything further. You know, the normal things that happen with projects in DC. So far in Utah, Mack is already closing in on his most starts in a season, and is averaging 10 points and 4 assists.


X-factor

FREE THROWS.

This tweet:

And then the analysis of that tweet:

Nothing more, your honor.

An ex-Wizards party!

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Fun Factor:


Prediction

John Wall wrecks an Ex-Wizards reunion.

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