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Wizards at Wolves Pregame: Yay! A Team With a Losing Record!

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Washington (34-22)
at Minnesota (12-43)

February 25, 2015 at 8:00 PM
TV: CSNWashington
Radio: 99.1FM


Tale of the Tape

[ezcol_1third]WIZARDS[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third][/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]WOLVES[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]34-22[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]TEAM RECORD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]12-43[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]99.4[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PPG (own)[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]97.9[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]98.3[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PPG (opp)[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]106.3[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Lost 4[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]W/L STREAK[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Lost 1[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Lost vs. Warriors 114-107[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PREVIOUS GAME[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Lost at Rockets 113-102[/ezcol_1third_end]


Last time they met was..

December 14, 2014 @ Verizon Center, DC – Wizards 109, Wolves 95
Game Notebook 24, Wizards vs. Wolves: Wall, Butler turn Wolves into pups

One of the more comedic sequences in basketball occurred in that play above. Here are some screenshots to help break this down.

As you can see the play unfolds normally, with Zach LaVine checking Wall close, and a lingering Gortat waiting to set a screen.

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John Wall fakes a body motion as if to utilize Gortat’s screen, which dupes Zach LaVine into a scamper underneath Gortat…

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..only to come back around and realize that Wall hadn’t moved from his spot.

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LaVine embarrassingly recovers himself..

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..but only to be left on an island once again, this time when Wall torpedos past him toward the rim for a layup.

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Granted, the youthful LaVine is only five or six years removed from puberty, which serves as one of two factors as to why this play turned him into a fool. The other, of course, is simply John Wall being nasty with the rock.

Couple key things happened on this night:

  • John Wall tied his career high of 17 assists.
  • Rasual Butler had 23 points off the bench, leading a second unit that scored 47 total points.
  • The Wizards shot 10-17 from downtown.
  • Wizards 18th win in 24 games.


From the Crystal Ball

by Irfan K

What to Watch: The Wizards versus a team with a losing record! Our favorite! But the Wolves just pulled off a blockbuster deal, acquiring a 15-time All-Star, championship winning, MVP power forward with career averages of 18 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists. Inserting Kevin Garnett back into the lineup makes the Wolves an instant contender. What? It’s not 2006? Oh…


Kevin Garnett, in a previous stint with the Wolves, dunking in front of former Bullet Ledell Eackles

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Washington Wizards


Well, KG is indeed back, but in a new role. The Wolves will just hope for some leadership and hope that KG’s psychotic intensity is contagious, before he rides off into the ice cold snowy Minnesota sunset.

The Wizards shouldn’t have any trouble with the Wolves. Nene and Gortat should dominate Minnesota inside, and the Wolves don’t have a player on the roster with a prayer of guarding John Wall. The only way the Wizards will have trouble in this game is if they play like they shouldn’t have any trouble in this game.

Key matchup: Minnesota’s winter vs DC’s winter. I don’t care if this isn’t at all about basketball. It’s been freakin’ FREEZING this year. How can it be possible to be significantly colder than I’ve been this winter and still be a) satisfied with your life. And b) alive?!

Average February Temperature in Minnesota: 13 degrees
Average February Temperature in DC: 31 degrees

MY GOD! It’s been TWENTY DEGREES COLDER there!! If you live in Minnesota and aren’t actively trying to move, you’re either crazy or an Eskimo.

X-factor: KG’s psychotic intensity. Here are Andrew Wiggins splits by month for his rookie season:

October: 7.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists
November: 12.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.0 assists
December: 14.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists
January: 19.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists
February: 14.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists

Andrew Wiggins is trending upward and fast. But watch the kid play. He plays easy. Never looks like he’s exerting a ton of energy. Never looks like he’s going too fast. Never looks like he wants to destroy your soul, even while he’s in the process of destroying your soul. Russell Westbrook plays like he wants his opponents (and the rim) to collapse in a pile of dust when he’s through with them. Andrew Wiggins plays like he has some sympathy.

Here’s my theory. I think the Wolves brought back KG hoping that he could somehow transmit some of his psychotic intensity to Wiggins. I think they’ve been watching Wiggins and thinking “holy crap. If that guy ever decides he wants to absolutely DESTROY people, he will actually start absolutely DESTROYING people!”

If even 1% of that transmission has already been successful, watch out.

Fun factor(s): Remember this?!

Well, he’s in this game. And so is Ricky Rubio! Between Rubio’s passing, LaVine’s jumping, Wiggins becoming Wiggins, and Gorgui Dieng sucking at dunking, there’s a lot to like on Minnesota. Not the basketball itself obviously. But everything else.

Prediction: Wizards win by 10+. Wizards fans spend the next day talking about Wiggins, Rubio, and LaVine.

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