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Gameday: Wizards vs. Bobcats – This is not the same game your daddy’s watched

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Bobcats (30-34) at Wizards (33-30)

March 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
TV: CSN Washington
Radio: 106.7FM The Fan

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Projected starting lineups:

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C- Marcin Gortat
PF- Trevor Booker
SF- Trevor Ariza
SG- Bradley Beal
PG- John Wall

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C- Al Jefferson
PF- Josh McRoberts
SF- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
SG- Gerald Henderson
PG- Kemba Walker

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First meeting since..

January 7, 2014 @ Time Warner Cable Arena: Marcin Gortat shut down Al Jefferson, Trevor Booker led a 17-0 3rd quarter run, and the Wizards downed the Bobcats 97-83. Beal (+24) led the Wiz with 21 points. Wall had 17 and 8 with zero turnovers.

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The NBA is clearly struggling to sustain the concept of the center position. “Bigs” have become smaller (and at times wider), more mobile, more agile, and quite a few have seemingly developed more of a knack for floor stretching and operating from midrange areas. Nowadays, seldom seen are your daddy’s prototypical 7-footers with smudged knees, planted no more than two feet away from the basket. Well, I guess Andrew Bogut can fit that bill.

But then there are the hybrid big men. The ones that stand under 7 feet yet still weigh close to 300 pounds, allowing mobility around the rim and elusiveness in transition, while still attaining ample body mass to body someone down in the post and overpower the opposition on the glass.

In a nutshell, that is Al Jefferson. After having a field day on the boards against Miami (a 50-33 advantage including 21 offensive boards), albeit to no avail, the Wizards front court will square up against the gritty, tough-nosed Al Jefferson. Sans the matchup earlier this season, the Bobcats big man has had his way down low against the Wizards, averaging 18.6 points, 11.8 rebounds (20 off.), and a 51% field goal percentage in his last six games against the squad. More on him below.

The Matchup

vs. Marcin Gortat

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This matchup should be fun. Al Jefferson has been dominating the league as of late with a 26.9 point average over the last seven games for the Bobcats. In a win over Denver on Sunday, he put up 26 points and 13 rebounds. His recent surge has propelled the Bobcats into the playoffs and he doesn’t look to be slowing down.

Marcin Gortat has also been playing well lately as evidenced by his 17 point and 11 rebound average in his last seven games. Coincidence? Keep reading. The last time these two squared off against each other, Jefferson put up a measly six points on a paltry 3-for-9 from the field.

Your move Big Al.

If this matchup was being advertised in some dramatic NBA on ABC commercial they’d talk about how Jefferson being shut down by Gortat has been on his mind since January 7th and that he vowed to dominate Gortat the next time they played blah blah blah. I’m not going to lie – if it was accompanied by this music I’d believe them if they said Gortat and Jefferson were distant relatives.


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The Cook Book Express also stopped by Charlotte last time these teams faced off.

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