Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
10:30 PM ET
TV: Comcast SportsNet HD
Steve Buckhantz, Phil Chenier
Radio: 106.7 The Fan - http://bit.ly/5yZqu8
Tonight's game in L.A. is a rematch of the Wizards vs. Clippers game from February 4th. Washington was completely outplayed from the start of the game, and the final score of 107-81 doesn't even tell the whole story. The Clippers controlled the game on both ends of the floor, dominating from the first tip.
Interim head coach Randy Wittman currently has the Wizards playing with much more passion and more energy as they have gone on a 2 game road winning streak. According to Michael Lee, from his Twitter account, "For 1st time in FRANCHISE HISTORY, #wizards won back2back road games by 15 points." Although it is just a short time to be used as a measuring tool, it appears Washington's offense is finally clicking.
The biggest matchup to watch tonight is going to be DeAndre Jordan vs. JaVale McGee. Since the story came out that JaVale had to switch asthma medications, his performance has increased and he has been very effective. Jordan dominated McGee in the game earlier this month, so all eyes will be on this matchup to see if McGee can respond.
Nick Young has been very hot as of late, and has increased his efficiency in doing so. He has been a large part in Washington's recent offensive surge. He is coming off a game against Portland where he finished with 35 points, going 12-17 from the floor and 7-8 from 3 point range. Washington will need Young to score early and often in this one.
WE can't forget about the point guard matchup. John Wall vs. Chris Paul will be another great battle to watch. Washington slowed Paul in their first meeting from a scoring point, but he will still able to deliver many dimes to the big men combo of Griffin/Jordan.
If Washington wants a shot at this one, the will need to protect the ball and make smart decisions on the offensive end. This starts with John Wall, and he will need to lead the team from the very beginning.
- Trevor Jackson
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