Friday, January 13th, 2012
7:00 PM ET
TV: Comcast SportsNet HD
Steve Buckhantz, Phil Chenier
Radio: 106.7 The Fan - http://bit.ly/5yZqu8
Dave Johnson, Glenn Consor
The Philadelphia 76ers (7-3) host the Washington Wizards (1-9) in a rematch of the preseason games where Philly went 2-0. The 76ers have been one of the surprise teams at the start of this short season.
Washington may get a break as it looks like center Spencer Hawes may sit this one out with a lower back strain. No official word yet, but he did miss the Sixers last game and many expect him to sit this one out, and possibly Saturday's game as well. Hawes only averaged 8 points and 11 rebounds in the 2 preseason games vs. Washington, but certainly impacted both games. On the year, he is averaging 11.1 points and 9.1 rebounds and has helped Philly get out the their hot start.
With Hawes out, this should open the door for Washington's big men to have a good game. Specifically watch out for JaVale McGee. The Sixers do not have anyone to match up with him athletically, and he could be in for a big game. Trevor Booker vs. Elton Brand is Wizards Extreme's match up to watch tonight. Brand has been an effective scorer this year, and Booker will try and slow him down using his high energy and athleticism.
Guard play will also be key for Washington. John Wall will need to get out of his funk on the offensive end, and will have his hands full with Jrue Holiday most of the game on the defensive end. Washington's shooting guard position has been a rotation of bad shot selection and inefficiency. And as usual, expect Lou Williams to light it up against Washington.
Washington should look to push the tempo from the very beginning and use their athleticism and quickness to get out to an early lead. It remains to be seen if this will occur or not.
These two teams will face each other again tomorrow night in Washington, on the back to back of a home and home.
- Trevor Jackson
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