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Wizards at Kings Pregame: Wall vs. Boogie Part Deux


Washington (40-29)
at Sacramento (23-45)

Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA
March 22, 2015 at 6:00 PM
TV: CSNWashington
Radio: 99.1FM

Tale of the Tape

[ezcol_1third]WIZARDS[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third][/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]KINGS[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]40-29[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]TEAM RECORD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]23-45[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]98.7[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PPG (own)[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]101.0[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]97.3[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PPG (opp)[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]105.4[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Lost 1[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]W/L STREAK[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Won 1[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Lost at Clippers 113-99[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PREVIOUS GAME[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Won vs. Hornets 101-91[/ezcol_1third_end]

Last time they met was..

March 14, 2015 @ Verizon Center, Washington, DC – Wizards 113, Kings 97

An 34-point second half swing driven by an apparent halftime diatribe by Randy Wittman and 20 of John Wall’s 31 points was pretty much the story eight days ago when the Wizards and Kings last met. Wall’s second half outburst was comprised for four 3-point shots and 10 assists, as he was the catalyst of a 67-33 Wiz advantage.

Meanwhile, the Wizards flipped the script on Boogie Cousins, who had 21 at the break on 8-11 shooting, but only managed to hit one of his six shots in the second half for only nine points.

The Wizards shot 61 percent from the floor with 22 of their 25 shots assisted, shot 9-14 from 3 and committed only six turnovers. They could really use even a fraction of a performance as good as this to regain their momentum on this road trip.

Here’s John Wall spittin’ some of that fire:

What to Watch: Boogie Cousins. If you watched the game last week, you already know this. Boogie is a handful. Stopping him is critical. The Wizards got pummeled in the first half when they couldn’t stop Cousins, and completely flipped the script when they could.

Key matchup: Wizards vs. Vengeance.

Sacramento has to be pissed about blowing the game in DC, and they will not have forgotten. They will be motivated by revenge, and want to prove that they are the team that dominated the Wizards early in the previous game, not the team that got dominated late.

Sacramento also has a great crowd, and Wall’s boisterous antics during last Saturday’s game will make him a target of their venom, and have them riled up even more than usual. The seeking of vengeance combined with the energy of the Kings home crowd could turn into a royal pain in the Arco.

X-factor: I’m still mad injuries and coach’s decision DNP’s keep messing up my columns, so I’m running this one back.

Rudy Gay. When Rudy Gay plays well, so do the Kings. When Rudy Gay plays poorly, so do the Kings.

· In Wins: 24.4 ppg, 51% FG, 43% 3FG
· In Losses: 18.8 ppg, 42% FG, 33% 3FG

Important Rudy Gay factor: Gay thrives when he gets in a rhythm. It’s of paramount importance that the Wizards don’t give up early lay-ups or dunks to Rudy, or allow him to get to the line. Keep him on the perimeter, force him into a few bad shots, and he’ll likely be off all night. Allow him to throw one down early, and everything he throws up will start going down later.

Fun factor: Wall vs. Boogie, round 2.


A lot of people noticed Wall seemed much more conversational than usual with his Kentucky pal DeMarcus Cousins in town. Look for more of the same out of town. Watching these two go back and forth is what professional competition is all about. Jawing. Nudging. Shrugging. Getting that little extra hop in your step, while still exchanging laughs. Wall and Cousins clearly like each other. Yet they also clearly want to beat each other. Watching them play their games within the game was great when we didn’t know what to expect. Now that we know what to look for, it should be even more entertaining. Especially if it’s another fun game.

Prediction: Like last time, Boogie meets his buddy John Wall at half court post-game with his sad face.

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