April 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
TV: CSN Washington
Radio: 106.7FM The Fan
Projected starting lineups:
C- Marcin Gortat
PF- Trevor Booker
SF- Trevor Ariza
SG- Bradley Beal
PG- John Wall
C- Zaza Pachulia
PF- Ersan Ilyasova
SF- Khris Middleton
SG- Nate Wolters
PG- Brandon Knight
Last time they met was.. March 8, 2014 @ BMO Harris Bradley Center
Bradley Beal came through camel clutch in the fourth quarter the last time these two met, and did so in a game where the Wizards almost blew a 28 point lead. Beal scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Wizards hold off the Bucks 114-107. None of his points were bigger than the shot off this play which was broken down like a boss by Mike Prada and SBNation…
Post game comments from Martell Webster should give you all you need to know about why the Wizards almost blew a game where they at one point had a 71-43 lead in the 2nd quarter.
“No disrespect to that team that’s over there. Milwaukee’s just is in a dysfunctional state,” he said. “These are games that we know we’re supposed to win by a large margin. In this league, you have to kick them when they’re down.”
Winning the game is the most important statistic, and the Wizards did that but if Washington wants to do what its supposed to do again and win this game tonight, against the worst team in the league, they need to not take them lightly and John Wall will need to improve off his 9 point, 13 assist, 7 turnover performance.
Now what do we do?
Let’s cut to the chase.
Washington holds a 1 game lead over the Bobcats who are taking on the NBA’s second worst team tonight, the Philadelphia 76ers. Both teams have 3 games remaining, the Wizards vs. Bucks, Heat and Celtics and the Bobcats vs. 76ers, Hawks and Bulls.
IF you are a legitimate playoff team with aspirations of doing more than just showing up to the dance, tonight’s game against the Bucks is not about if you win, it’s the manner in which you do it.
I personally don’t care how the Pacers or Heat finish the season, as a Wizards fan I want nothing to do with a 7 game series against either of those teams. Settling into the 6th spot is what this team should be aiming for at this point and in order to do that games like tonight cannot be in question.
Washington needs to use this game to find the 3pt shooting that had them ranked #2 in the league last week. In the last two games the Wizards are 3-34 from beyond the arc and as I pointed out in my playoff prep column, without 3pt shooting it’s going to be a very quick two weeks in the first round of the playoffs if they can’t get that going like it had been.
The Wizards used a good defensive effort to overcome their offensive ineptitude last night against the Magic and with the same amount of effort and even a decent upgrade to offensive output they should be able to put away a team like the Bucks.
That said, it’s the worst team in the league, playing in DC, in a game that the Wizards should dominate, with a chance to get a game closer to locking up the 6 seed. If this isn’t a set up for #SoWizards I honestly don’t know what is.
Buckle up Wizards fans and let’s hope the Wizards do what they are supposed to do and make us all feel a little bit better about the real test that’s about to come.