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Wizards vs. Hawks game preview: Let’s end the slide


Washington (9-11) at Atlanta (11-11)

December 13, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
TV: CSN Washington
Radio: 106.7FM The Fan


Projected starting lineups:

Washington Wizards
C- Marcin Gortat, PF- Trevor Booker, SF- Trevor Ariza, SG- Martell Webster (???), PG- John Wall

Atlanta Hawks
C– Al Horford, F- Paul Millsap, SF– Demarre Carroll, SG- Kyle Korver, PG- Jeff Teague

Key matchup:

Paul Millsap v. Wizards bigs

Paul Millsap, Marcin Gortat

After spending his whole career in Utah, it has been weird seeing Paul Millsap in an Atlanta Hawks jersey and apparently it was odd for the Wizards too. When these teams met a few weeks ago, Millsap was the lone bright spot for the Hawks, scoring 23 points to go along with 10 boards. The craziest part about his performance was that he went 4-5 from the three point line obviously a new wrinkle in his game.



John Wall. Once again the spotlight is on Wall especially after the disappointing finish against the Nuggets. In the last 40 seconds of the game, Wall missed three layups that would have given the Wizards the lead. After getting paid like a superstar and raising his game to close to superstar level, Wall needs to learn how to close out close games like a ……SUPERSTAR.

The X-factor:

NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Washington Wizards

Eric Maynor The last time I did the pregame preview, it was for the loss against the Bucks. For the X-factor in that preview I said: “Eric Maynor. He will be my X-factor every time I do the pregame.” As the saying goes, “the beatings will continue until morale improves.” He has not improved, so the beatings continue. I’m just a little tired of talking about how much he sucks. There is a positive to take away, though after Maynor admitted that he is aware of how bad he is playing and that he knows the team NEEDS him to play better.

What happened last time they played?

The the Wizards and the Hawks faced each other two weeks ago. The Wizards came out on top in a game that they controlled from the start. John Wall directed a beautiful game on offense and got all of the starters involved. Trevor Ariza was particularly dominant as he and Martell Webster killed the Hawks from behind the arc. Gortat and Nene both had decent offensive games but struggled keeping Paul Millsap in check.

Who’s hurt?

The Wizards injuries are Al Harrington and Bradley Beal while the Hawks are trotting out a full healthy roster…I’m jealous.


The Wizards have gone 1-2 since they beat the Hawks. In those two losses they gave the game away at the end. The secret is out around the NBA: the Wizards are a good squad *gasp* and can play with any team. Now that the secret is out, teams are coming to beat the Wiz. I think the Wizards should have no problem dispatching the Hawks tonight but they should’ve beaten the Bucks and Nuggets as well. The Wizards cannot afford to let the Hawks hang around and steal the game at the end. Coach Wittman needs to remind these guys that there are 48 minutes in the game, not 46 or 47.

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