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Wizards at Sixers Pregame: John Wall’s ‘Ironman’ Streak Ends Tonight


Washington (44-33)
at Philadelphia (18-60)

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
April 8, 2015 at 7:00 PM
TV: CSNWashington
Radio: 99.1FM

Tale of the Tape

[ezcol_1third]WIZARDS[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third][/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]SIXERS[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]44-33[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]TEAM RECORD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]18-60[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]98.3[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PPG (own)[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]91.6[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]97.4[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PPG (opp)[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]100.4[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Won 3[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]W/L STREAK[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_endLost 6[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Won at Grizzlies 92-83[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PREVIOUS GAME[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Lost at Knicks 101-91[/ezcol_1third_end]

Last time they met was..

April 1, 2015 @ Verizon Center, Washington, DC – Wizards 106, Sixers 93

From the Crystal Ball, by Irfan K.

What to watch: Otto Porter! Randy Wittman has harping on the fact that “other guys have gotta step up.” Well, during this three game winning streak, Otto Porter has answered the call. He’s been given 32 minutes per game the last three games, and he’s taken advantage.

· Otto Porter last 3 games: 13.0 ppg, 54% FG, 40% 3FG, 7 rebounds


Now, maybe part of this recent glimmer of talent is due in part to playing the Sixers and Knicks two out of the three games, but who cares?! Playing well against bad teams is a great way to build the needed confidence to play well against good teams. That’s exactly what Otto has done. Two good games against Philly and NY led to another good game against Memphis.

Guess who’s on the schedule again this week. The Sixers!


Key match-up: Welp. This was originally written out to be matchup between John Wall and his pursuit of the Wizards’ all time single-season assist belt, currently worn by Rod Strickland. Instead this is now a matchup between the Wizards and their decision to rest John Wall. A great decision, mind you. Now with Wall out, Ramon Sessions is in, and Will Bynum gets another crack at an audition for a spot in the Wizards’ playoff rotation.

Wall’s ‘ironman’ campaign for consecutive games played ended at 208, and, thankfully, the circumstance is not a disheartening one. With a grueling first round against either Chicago or Toronto looming, Wall’s extended vacation is well earned and much needed. Looking back on his previous six games, you’ll understand why:

John Wall’s last six games

First 3: 30.3 PPG, 7 RPG, 8 APG, 31 attempted free throws in 44 minutes per game.

Last 3: 39 total attempted field goals, 15.6 assists per game including one game with 18 assists in 29 minutes, and another game with 15 assists in 30 minutes.

Yeah, just as he noted a few weeks ago, he’s a bit worn.

X-factor: A rested 76ers team. Of the Sixers eighteen wins this season, ZERO have come on more than one days rest! That’s incredible. The team is 0-8 with two days, and 0-5 with 3 or more days rest. So apparently, a rested Philly team is exactly the type of Philly team you want to play. This does not reflect well on their coaching, their training staff, or anyone really. Renew your season tickets now Sixer fans!

Fun factor: Winning! The Wizards are on a three game win streak, and just handled these guys easily a week ago. The Wizards are still the Wizards, but the Sixers are still the Sixers. This should be another fun win. Enjoy it!

Prediction: Wall gets his much needed rest. The Wizards remain unfazed by his absence. The Sixers lose their 61st game of the season.

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