Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
8:00 PM ET
TV: Comcast SportsNet HD
Steve Buckhantz, Phil Chenier
Radio: 106.7 The Fan - http://bit.ly/5yZqu8
Dave Johnson, Glenn Consor
Coming off their first victory last night against the Raptors at home, the Washington Wizards (1-8) will face a stiff test tonight as they have to travel to the Chicago Bulls (9-2) on the wrong end of back to back games.
Chicago has been playing very well this year, behind steady play from their star point guard Derrick Rose. Rose is averaging almost 21 points and 9 assists, and will be a strong test for this Wizards team who is coming off of their best defensive effort as a whole. On the Flip side, Washington's John Wall has struggled to find his shot on offense. This match up of Rose vs. Wall will clearly be the one to watch, as both have the potential to take over the game with their speed and quickness.
Flip Saunders started Chris Singleton and Trevor Booker over Rashard Lewis and Andray Blatche last night in Washington's first victory. It will be interesting to see if he sticks with that rotation. The combo of Booker/Singleton brings a lot of athleticism and energy from the start. These guys always go hard when they are on the floor, and their tenacious defense seems to spread to the rest of the team. Andray Blatche can come off the bench at either the 4 or 5 spot and not have to worry about chucking shots and shouldering the scoring load.
The center match up will also be interesting to watch this evening. Joakim Noah vs. JaVale McGee. Both are defensive minded big men who can end up impacting the game on both ends. McGee has the advantage here in term of athleticism, but Noah wins out on basketball IQ and his general motor.
The Wizards will definitely face a tough test this evening. If they are able to bring over some of the momentum from the Raptors game, they may be able to keep the game interesting. The keys again will be hustle and defense, which should help lead to easy baskets for Washington.
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