Wednesday, January 25th, 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
Should we keep this short and just say the Wizards will get blown out today? Not so fast, I believe tonight's game is one that Washington will have a chance to win.
Teams tend to get up for at least one game when major changes are made, and after the news yesterday that head coach Flip Saunders was fired, I expect the Wizards to bring intensity tonight for interim head coach Randy Wittman.
It also sounds like DJ Augustin will be out tonight with a toe injury, so the Wizards will get a slight break there.
Matchup to watch tonight will be the two young point guards: John Wall vs. Kemba Walker, who will likely get the start in place of Augustin. Look for Wall to be the winner in this duel, as he has been on quite a tear recently.
The Wizards will have to slow down Gerald Henderson as he has been playing well recently and is currently leading the Bobcats in scoring with 15.4 points per game. Expect to see defensive specialist Chris Singleton on Henderson most of the night.
I have been predicting a breakout game for JaVale McGee ever since his last breakout game, and he has had some favorable matchups that he has not taken advantage of. Tonight is another opportunity for him as he will face off against the less athletic BJ Mullens.
Coach Wittman said he would like to see the Wizards push the pace more and make smarter decisions. Whether or not that desire will transfer over to the court remains to be seen.
- Trevor Jackson
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