Originally posted on Thunder The Influence  |  Last updated 3/26/13
Game Time: 7:00 PM CT Television: FS Oklahoma Radio: The Sports Animal (WWLS 98.1 FM) 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 Split Washington Wizards 52-19 Record 26-44 106.2 PPG 93.1 97.0 Opp PPG 95.3 31-5 Home Record 19-17 21-14 Away Record 7-27 W2 Streak W1 7-3 Last 10 7-3 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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