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Gameday: Wizards vs. Jazz – The Otto Special (maybe)

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Jazz (21-39) at Wizards (31-29)

March 5, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
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- Derrick Favors
PF- Marvin Williams
SF- Richard Jefferson
SG- Gordon Hayward
PG- Trey Burke

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Who’s hurt?

Wizards:
Nene – out (MCL)
Kevin Seraphin – out (knee)
Martell Webster – questionable (back)

Jazz:
None

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First meeting since…

January 25, 2014 @ EnergySolutions Arena: The Wizards slugged through this one shooting just 42% from the field and getting handled by Enes Kanter and Gordon Hayward. John Wall shot just 4-14 and banked 3-pointer to bring the Wizards within one with 3 seconds, but missed the game-tying 33-footer moments later.


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The Spotlight

Otto Porter

Did he just say Otto Porter!?

Do any of us still have faith in Otto Porter? Is he struggling because of a lost training camp that he so desperately needed in adapting to a system that doesn’t even suit his strengths? Why do people still buy “new” Jordans in styles that originally came out 20 years ago? Will they ever re-release those Winter edition White Fudge Oreos at local 7-Eleven’s?

We all know how Randy Wittman’s system partially works – shooters on the wings and let Johnny Boy run rampant. That’s not Otto’s game. The offense rarely works from the inside out, turning Porter’s strengths into glaring inadequacies. Wittman wants Otto to push the pace and it’s already difficult enough to adjust from the speed of the college game to the pros. Taking into account his injury and being on a team that’s been unpredictable as a whole on a night to night basis and well…

What the fuck did you expect? Now I’m not making any excuses for Otto because he’s looked absolutely lost at times. However – there’s levels to this shit. We love how John Wall plays and we envision him as a Wizard for life. However, just last year the debate was probably split down the middle on whether they should extend him or not. I wanted the Wizards to re-sign him but I really felt like he wouldn’t be worth it. He’s been worth it, and then some. For a fanbase that’s been used to seeing multiple failures over multiple years with multiple coaches and multiple losing seasons under one set of management, we should be more patient.

Let’s not even mention how low the standards are right now. Baby steps, Otto, baby steps. Wizards fans were this close to throwing a reception at the Gaylord in celebration of him hitting a 3-pointer against Memphis.

I love this game. I love this kid. You be easy on him now ya hear.

Cut to the very small, if non-existent group of fans that actually predicted Otto Porter hitting more than one big shot during a Wizards rally:

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The X-Factors:


More #OttoPrayers?

Yo. Mind is blown right now B. Otto Porter in the spotlight and now Otto Porter is the X-factor? How is this possible?

With Martell Webster questionable for tonight, Otto Porter is bound to get a big batch of minutes for tonight especially while considering his relatively strong performance in the last time he was afforded the opportunity. I’d put “bench” in this category – but Martell Webster really is the bench for the most part. At this point, we’ve come to expect things from Wall/Beal/Ariza, for better or for worse. We know what Beal and Ariza’s bad games look like. The Wizards will probably need any and every contribution from Porter that they can get.

Points in the paint

Given their extremely thin frontcourt, the wizards were dominated in the paint 62-34 last game against the Grizzlies. Fortunately, the Jazz are one of the worst rebounding teams in the NBA. The Wizards can not afford to give up any second chance points and they should have success in limiting them – along with offensive rebounds in general. As long as they can limit Malone inside and work around Stockton’s pick and pop they should be in good shape.

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Notable notes:

  • The Wizards are 23-3 when they shoot better than their opponent from the field, and 12-0 at home in that same statistic.
  • The Jazz have won the last four contests against the Wizards. They’ve won 9 of the last 13 also.
  • The Jazz are 7-23 on the road this season and are on a three game losing streak.
  • Utah is 28th in points per game.
  • Utah has the worst defensive rating in the league, and the 8th worst offensive rating.
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