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Wizards at Thunder Pregame: Prayers Up

Regular Season Game 17

Wizards (6-10) at Thunder (11-8)

November 30, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic
Radio: 1500 AM


Last time they met was..

February 2, 2016 – Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City: Thunder 114, Wizards 99
Game Notebook 46, Wizards at Thunder: Wiz Suffocate In OKC


What to watch

The natural disaster known as Russell Westbrook. He strikes lightning in the lane. He crashes thunder at the rim. He rains jumpers from midrange (and sometimes from three). And he leaves you hailing god to protect your team from his destruction.

  • He touched down in Denver with 36-17-11.
  • He struck in New York with 27-14-18.
  • He hit Sacramento with 31-9-11.
  • And that was just some recent road games. No city is safe. No coast is off-limits. God only knows how the Chesapeake Energy Arena is still standing….

    Tonight’s game is at home. Here’s some of Russ’s home performances:

    51-10-13 vs Phoenix.
    41-16-12 vs Orlando.
    ??-??-?? Vs the Wizards tonight. God save us all 🙏🏼


    Key Matchup

    Russell Westbrook vs. Reality.

    Westbrook;s overall numbers are staggering. He’s averaging 30-10-11 overall. Yes, he’s averaging a triple double.

    However….Westbrook also really boasts an almost unreal usage figure of 40.0. Compare that to John Wall’s usage stat of 32.0. You thought John Wall did everything for the Wizards? Westbrook does EVERYTHING for OKC. It’s all Russ, all the time.

    The reality is, usage that high for one player makes for insane stats, but an average overall record.

    Yes, the Thunder may need it all. But if Westbrook posts a perfectly realistic 30-10-10 tonight, that’s fine. For the Thunder to win, he’s got to be unreal.


    X-Factor:

    Pride.

    John Wall loves playing against great players, and Westbrook is near as great as it gets. Expect Wall’s pride to kick in, and generate a spectacular offensive performance. After being challenged by his coach, Wall should be even more spectacular defensively. Westbrook may get better numbers than Wall out of sheer volume, but if Wall can keep him inefficient, the Wizards have a chance.


    Fun Factor:

    Wall vs. Westbrook. Little else matters.


    Prediction

    Wall meets the eye of the storm head on, and leads the Wizards to a season turning win. Let us pray.

    we are Hoop District

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