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Wizards vs. Hawks Game Preview: Let’s keep it rollin’


Atlanta at Washington

November 25, 2014 at 7:00PM
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
TV: CSNWashington
Radio: 99.1FM

Tale of the Tape

[ezcol_1third]WIZARDS[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third][/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]HAWKS[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]9-3[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]TEAM RECORD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]6-5[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]99.3[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PPG (own)[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]102.3[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]95.9[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PPG (opp)[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]102.5[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Win 2[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]W/L STREAK[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Won 1[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Won vs. Milwaukee 111-100[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PREVIOUS GAME[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Won vs. Detroit 99-89[/ezcol_1third_end]

Projected Starting Lineups

[ezcol_1third]WIZARDS[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third][/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]HAWKS[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]John Wall[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]POINT GUARD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Jeff Teague[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Garrett Temple[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]SHOOTING GUARD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Kyle Korver[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Paul Pierce[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]SMALL FORWARD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]DeMarre Carroll[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Drew Gooden[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]POWER FORWARD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Paul Millsap[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Marcin Gortat[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]CENTER[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Al Horford[/ezcol_1third_end]

Last time they met was..

“This is my city!”

This was a big win for the Wizards as they were racing towards their first playoff appearance since 2008. Since they won this matchup, the Wizards were eagerly awaiting to see if New York lost to Golden State days later which would mean a guaranteed spot in.

They took matters into their own hands, however, thanks to a 25-point performance from John Wall and a 16-point addition from Drew Gooden – which is relevant because he starts tonight. This was one of the more memorable games for Gooden, who was brought in to help for the still-injured Nene at the time. Fans got to see how big of an impact he could and eventually would have for this team down the stretch.

The Wizards did have trouble closing this one out as it came down to a 2-point game with only 11 seconds, this after they had held a more comfortable lead at previous times during the game. But a block from Marcin Gortat and some good free throw shooting ultimately led to a Washington win.

A Drew Gooden highlight:

The Spotlight: Wall vs. Teague


While Paul Millsap leads the team in points, this game is ultimately going to come down to John Wall and Jeff Teague as they will go head-to-head to see who can facilitate the court better. Wall has been on a scoring tear lately and the Wizards are going to need him to duplicate this again at the Phone Booth. If history repeats itself, this should be doable as he averaged just over 21 points against the Hawks last season.

Jeff Teague, however, is coming off a season-high 28 points himself and may have the hot hand again tonight. With the Hawks allowing upwards of 107 points per game, tonight’s contest may end up being a shootout that comes down to which team can close it out.

Wall has shown much more poise this season in late-game moments and I believe his confidence along with his experience will give him the edge over Teague tonight. It also doesn’t hurt that Atlanta is 1-4 on the road…PERSPECTIVE.

Who’s Out?

Wizards: Nene is day-to-day. Martell Webster is out.

Hawks: DeMarre Carroll (

Three areas of focus

  • Rebounding

While they’ve done a fine job this season so far, the Wizards are going to need to be on their A game when it comes to crashing the boards tonight. They are going up against Paul Millsap and Al Horford who are both averaging 8.4 and 6.4 rebounds per game respectively. With Nene out, the Wizards will have to put much more faith into Marcin Gortat, Kris Humphries and Drew Gooden to handle the boards against Atlanta’s interior powerhouses.

  • Paul Pierce needs to stay hot

The Wizards need to keep finding Paul Pierce who is coming off a season best 25-point, 10-rebound performance against Milwaukee. Paul has definitely shown some funkiness in his shooting in some games, but the other night was definitely the highlight of his season and a tale of what he can bring to this team. His veteran capabilities came out shining and the Wizards need to find a way to keep a focus on this and keep Pierce hot for as long as possible, especially tonight against another offensively privy team.

  • Taking care of business at home

The Wizards are 5-1 at home and the Hawks are 1-4 on the road. The Wizards need to keep this trend up and continue to, as we like to say it, #ProtectTheBooth. While still early in the season, their home court record (I THINK) has led to a slight increase in attendance at the Phone Booth. If the Wizards can become one of those teams whose home becomes a dreadful place to play at for opponents (like Paul Pierce demanded before the season), they are going to prove to not only the opponents, but to the national media as well, that this team is the real deal.

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