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Game Time: 7:00 PM CT
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Injury Report: Nene (sore knee/wrist/shoulder), Tervor Ariza (flu-like symptons), Bradley Beal (sprained left ankle), and A.J. Price (sore right groin) missed Washington's Monday game against the Grizzlies. Leandro Barbosa is out due to left knee surgery and will miss the remainder of the season. Martell Webster is out indefinitely with a strained abdominal as of Mar. 24.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Wednesday should be a fun atmosphere if John Wall truly is "back." Wall is coming off a 47 point, 8 assist night against Memphis, helping Washington to a 107-94 win over a team the Thunder lost to a week ago.
The Wizards already have one win on the Thunder this season, and have the opportunity to take the season series. So while fans may see a sub-.500 record, Washington is 7-3 in their last ten and if Wall can carry over his impressive play in to Oklahoma City, it could be a long and exhausting night for the Thunder.
Kevin Durant and Co. have had two days of rest following a win over the Portland Trail Blazers, and they can extend their current win streak to three if they can beat the Wizards. It definitely helps the Wizards are so banged up at this point in the season.
As it looks right now, Bradley Beal more than likely will not be available for Wednesday, a blow to the Wizards, but they did just fine without Beal Monday.
The thing Oklahoma City really can't overlook is this Wizards team ranks fourth in defensive rating, allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions. Their defense held the Grizzlies to 37.5% from the perimeter and 44.2% from the field. Washington recorded eight steals and four blocks as well.
The big problem for the Wizards is can they score the ball. John Wall had a big game, but this Wizards team ranks dead last in offensive rating, producing 100.0 points per 100 possessions.
If Washington can get it going on the offesnive end, it will be up to the Thunder to get the job done against an underrated defense. The Thunder would greatly benefit rom another 7-9 shooting night from Serge Ibaka, though, Ibaka needs to keep the Thunder defense in check. OKC did a good job in the second half of shutting down the Blazers.
Honestly, this could be a close one. The Wizards have competed with the Thunder recently, but if OKC can take advantage of a depleted Wizards lineup, it should be an easy-going night in Loud City.
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After being ejected for two technical fouls the game before, the Wizards’ John Wall came back with a vengeance in route to a career high 47 points vs the Grizzlies Monday night. With the Wiz down to only 9 players for the game due to injury, it was pretty clear who was going to take on most of the scoring load for Washington. Wall finished the game going 13-22 from the floor, including...
Everyone is talking about how much of a threat John Wall has become. The man has blazing speed. He may be one of, if not, the fastest player in the league. Scouts and Agents (see David Falk) have been hard on John Wall, as there was one grave aspect that was lacking in his game.
It WAS his jump shot.
Yes, WAS and not IS. Amazing isn’t it?
Recently, Wall has been...
Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, has been making a lot of bold statements both on and off the court this season.
There was his “beef” with NBA agent David Faulk, after he questioned his ability to be a top tier point guard. It wasn’t that long ago he proclaimed himself a max contract player, although, if one was to look at the totality of his career, his premise...
Tweet Washington Wizards point guard and former number one overall pick John Wall believes he is worth max contract money, and he has been proving it with his play lately. The latest example is him scoring a career-high 47 points Monday night in a Wizards victory over the Grizzlies. Here are the highlights: Wall has [...]
It must be hard to be one of the elite talents in the NBA and be stuck on a poor team like the Washington Wizards. So when he gets a nasty elbow like the one that Klay Thompson from the Warriors gave him Saturday it is understandable that he be a little upset.
What is not understandable is how he can keep running his mouth long after the play is done that the refs feel till the...
Washington (AP) — John Wall scored a career-high 47 points and added eight assists, Emeka Okafor had 21 points and nine rebounds, and the undermanned Washington Wizards beat the Memphis Grizzlies, 107-94 Monday night., http://juicedsportsblog.com/sports-news/news/wall-scores-47-as-wizards-beat-grizzlies-10794-yahoo-sports
Wizards beat Memphis for sixth straight home win as John Wall goes off for 47 points, the third-highest total in the NBA this season. He’s on fire. [WaPo]
Pradamaster is all over the mechanics of Wall’s jumper. [Bullets Forever]
Randy Wittman didn’t like the Wiz being compared to a circus. [USAT Sports]
The Wiz are giving out replica 1978 championship rings on April 6. [Bog...
wizards 107 grizzlies 94
3/25/2013 - Verizon Center, Washington, DC
NBA.com Game Highlights
I feel just the way Randy Wittman did when trying to open up his post-game presser after tonight's game.
“I don’t know where to begin,” Wittman said as he settled into his seat in front of the media.
And I don’t blame...
If there's a reason to watch Friday night's matchup between the Washington Wizards and Orlando Magic, it may be to see John Wall.
These teams have numerous players unavailable as Wall tries to help the visiting Wizards end a six-game road losing streak against a Magic team that has dropped eight straight.
Washington (26-45) had only eight players available in its last contest...
Former Kentucky Wildcats John Wall and Darius Miller both set career high’s in scoring against some tough competition. Wall dropped 47 points in a 107-94 win against the Memphis Grizzlies. Replacing the injured Eric Gordon, Darius Miller made the start for the Hornets, and scored 16 points in a 110-86 win.
John Wall started the season on the bench with a knee injury. In the Wizards...
thunder 103 wizards 80
3/27/2013 - Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
NBA.com Game Highlights
With only eight players actually dressed for the game, the Washington Wizards simply had nothing but their pride and dignity to show for against the mighty Oklahoma City Thunder last night.
Despite the 23-point loss, which would...
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
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