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Wizards vs. Thunder Pregame: The Status Of #KD2DC; JW vs. RW; Clowning Dion Waiters!

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Washington at Oklahoma City

February 1, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic
Radio: 99.1FM


Last time they met was..

November 11, 2015 – Verizon Center, DC: Thunder 125, Wizards 101
Game Notebook 7, Wizards vs. Thunder: Thunderstruck – DC Devestated By Hurricane Russ


What to watch

Another audition for the KD2DC sweepstakes!

…Or NOT.

Once a hot fantasy for us Wizards fans, the KD2DC movement has now been minimized to a mere wet dream that we wouldn’t even remember after waking up. And we can thank both Kevin Durant and the Wizards themselves for that. Before the Wizards hosted the Thunder back in November, KD put a lid on the recruitment hoopla by expressing his resentment with the organization and Wizards fans for glorifying a player that didn’t even play for them, especially while they already employed one superstar and another in the making in Bradley Beal. In response, Wizards fans stupidly booed Durant every time he touched the ball. The Thunder beat the Wizard decidedly by 24 points and ever since, the KD2DC train has been a line of empty box cars.

But besides Durant’s personal qualms against the KD2DC campaign, the Wizards themselves have not done very much to organically lure the DMV native. The team has regressed in several areas while struggling to remain healthy. They are currently 3 games under .500 and on the bubble for a playoff spot, in something like a 40-way tie for the 9th spot.

Tonight should be an exhibition of nothing else but the Wizards focused on themselves and the upward direction they hope to turn in. And maybe, just mayyybe, if John Wall dazzles enough and the Wizards look like a team in it to win it for themselves, KD might doze off in bed tonight while imagining a return home… or maybe he’ll still be dwelling on…

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Key Matchup

John Wall vs. Russell Westbrook

This is about as a signature matchup between two point guards as you’ll find in today’s NBA. Speed, power, aggression, tempo, all of these traits amalgamated between two specimens of the game, going at full force at one another. Yes, my brethren this is Wall versus Westbrook. It’s fair to say that Russ outweighs Wall in just about every facet of the position, but particulary in the assists department, where Westbrook is averaging a career-high 9.9 assists per game, essentially marking him down for a triple-double on any given night (24-10-7 are his season averages). Wall takes a ton of pride in his defense and tonight, he’ll have to present that pride on the hardwood in an effectual manner, for every minute that he’s on the floor. Westbrook’s explosiveness is real, and the attention required to defend him cannot be understated. Wall has acknowledged this, and we already know he’s prepared for this.


X-factor

Serge Ibaka

Ibaka has been the paint machine for the Thunder for many years. He’s also gradually developed into some sort of an offensive threat in recent years as well, having extended his range on the floor to as far out as the corner 3. Yet, Ibaka has struggled in recent games, missing 11 of 14 shots and totaling just 6 rebounds over the past two games. Against the Rockets on Friday, Ibaka’s playing time was limited due to foul trouble. His recent poor outings make for every reason why he would turn things around tonight against the Wizards. It just seems like the proper thing to happen.


Fun Factor:

When you’re facing the team that Dion Waiters plays for, it’s never a bad time to clown him.


Prediction

Well there certainly won’t be a photoshop of John Wall in a Thunder uniform displayed inside Chesapeake Energy Arena, and there won’t be many Wizards fans lobbying for KD to come home. This lack of unnecessary noise helps a few causes but unfortunately, it may not help the Wizards. OKC wins their 11th in 12 games.

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