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Wizards at Raptors Game Preview: Take the North

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Washington at Toronto

November 7, 2014 at 7:30PM
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
TV: CSNWashington
Radio: 99.1FM


Last time they met was..

February 27, 2014. The Wizards edged the Raptors out in a triple-overtime affair.

In the longest game in Raptors franchise history, the Washington Wizards dealt Toronto a soul-crushing triple-overtime loss that ran an excruciating 3 hours and 22 minutes. After the game, no one held back any words about how tired they were. Wittman: “My feet and back are hurting and I didn’t even play.” The Wizards were able to pull off a huge Eastern Conference win in the middle of a Nene-less stretch of the season (due to his injury). It was one of those wins that meant a little something extra because while they were successful last season, overtime wins never seemed to come easy for this team. This all came thanks to a career high from Gortat (31 points) and another 31 points added from none other than John Wall.


Projected Starting Lineups

[ezcol_1third]WIZARDS[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third][/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]RAPTORS[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]John Wall[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]POINT GUARD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Kyle Lowry[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Garrett Temple[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]SHOOTING GUARD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]DeMar DeRozan[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Paul Pierce[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]SMALL FORWARD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Terrence Ross[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Nene[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]POWER FORWARD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Patrick Patterson[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Marcin Gortat[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]CENTER[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Jonas Valanciunas[/ezcol_1third_end]


Garrett Temple vs. DeMar DeRozan

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It’s strange to see Garrett Temple’s name as part of a key matchup, but this is where we are, Wizards fans, and it’s not a bad thing at all. DeRozan is the biggest threat to the Wizards tonight, and Garrett Temple is one of the best options on this squad to try and silence him. His defensive prowess will hopefully be able to slow the high scoring Derozan and provide easy transition buckets for the Wizards.

Temple, himself, is also going to be a threat to the Raptors. Coming off of a 16-point game in which he sank four three-balls, Temple has become a nice substitute for the injured Bradley Beal. I would expect his hot streak to continue tonight.


Who’s Out?

Wizards: Bradley Beal and Martell Webster remain inactive following wrist and back surgeries, respectively.

Raptors: Both Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas are listed as day-to-day but are expected to play.


How the Wizards will win:

Transition

  • The Wizards are going to have to rely on their defense tonight to provide them transition opportunities against the fast-paced Raptors team. It’s going to take a lot of effort off the ball, but I would expect the Wizards to have some success in this leading to some showboat plays from Mr. 2013-2014 Slam Dunk Champion himself: John Wall.

Crashing the Boards

  • While Patrick Paterson and Jonas Valanciunas are by no means household names, they still are going to be menacing on the boards. The Wizards are going to have to rely on Gortat and Nene to box out constantly and even provide more rebounds on the offensive end.

Free Throws

  • The Wizards showed that they actually do know how to make free throws the other night versus Indiana. They are going to have to keep this trend up as we all are aware how many games were given away last season due to free throws.

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