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Wizards vs. Hornets Pregame: The Struggle is Real


Charlotte (30-40) at Washington (40-32)

Verizon Center, Washington, DC
March 27, 2015 at 7:00 PM
TV: CSNWashington
Radio: 99.1FM

Tale of the Tape

[ezcol_1third]WIZARDS[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third][/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]HORNETS[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]40-32[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]TEAM RECORD[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]30-40[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]98.2[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PPG (own)[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]94.6[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]97.7[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PPG (opp)[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]96.9[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Lost 4[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]W/L STREAK[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Lost 2[/ezcol_1third_end][ezcol_1third]Lost vs. Pacers 103-101[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third]PREVIOUS GAME[/ezcol_1third][ezcol_1third_end]Lost vs. Nets 91-88[/ezcol_1third_end]

Last time they met was..

March 9, 2015 @ Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte – Wizards 95, Hornets 69
Game Notebook 64, Wizards at Hornets: Damn They Needed That

The Wizards rolled in this one mostly thanks to the atrociousness that is the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets made just 32% of their field goals, committed 15 turnovers and were scoreless in transition. On the flip side, Marcin Gortat was his peak self, making nine of his 11 shots for 20 points, while John Wall and Bradley Beal combined for 14-29 shooting for 29 points.

This blowout served as a critical break for the Wizards who were coming off a brainfart of a loss to Milwaukee and had lost eight of their last 10. Currently being losers of four straight and coming off a brainfart of a defensive playcall against the Pacers, perhaps another blowout at the expense of the Hornets could restore some of our mental stability but most probably not.

From the Crystal Ball, by Irfan K.

What to Watch: Here we go again. After losing the first two, the Wizards massacred the Hornets in their previous meeting to the tune of a 26 point victory. The Wiz shot 52%, and held the Hornets to 33% shooting. For once, they got a big lead and actually held it!!

At this point, I don’t have to point out much. These two teams know each other, and we know that they don’t play the prettiest games. Slow tempo. Lots of midrange shots. Lots of frustration. Lots of “I know he made it but that’s really not the kind of shot we want to rely on.” Ugh.

Key matchup: John Wall vs. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. MKG recently stated that he wants “to be the best defensive player ever.” EVER! A bold proclamation, and an honorable goal. The scary part? Nobody really ruled it out.

And he’s been playing like he means business. The guy has been absolutely relentless on D, night after night, not shying away from guarding anyone. He spent the other night hounding Chris Paul into a 6/16, 8 assist shooting night. As we learned the hard way a few nights ago, that is no easy feat given the gear CP3 has kicked it into of late. He will absolutely take on the challenge of guarding John Wall. If Beal gets going, he’ll switch to Beal. The Truth? He’ll try to handle him too. Sometimes he’ll do it all in one possession. His impact on this game may be hateful, but his effort and tenacity will be hard to hate.

X-factor: Gerald Henderson, as always. In the Hornets two wins, he scored 17 and 27 points. In the loss, he scored four.

Fun factor: Suggestions?

Prediction: Wizards win an ugly (standard) one.

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