Game Preview: Wizards vs. Hawks

ON AIR /// Gametime: WED, December 28th at 7:30 pm ET /// TV: CSN | Listen Live! 106.7 FM | Game Notes

WIZARDS PROBABLE STARTERS
#9 Rashard Lewis
Forward, 6-10, 230 lbs
2011-12 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
9.0
2.0
0.0
#7 Andray Blatche
Forward, 6-11, 260 lbs
2011-12 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
11.0
10.0
3.0
#34 JaVale McGee
Center, 7-0, 252 lbs
2011-12 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
11.0
6.0
0.0
#15 Jordan Crawford
Guard, 6-4, 195 lbs
2011-12 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
15.0
3.0
1.0
#2 John Wall
Guard, 6-4, 195 lbs
2011-12 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
13.0
8.0
5.0

GAME NOTES

  • Tonight’s game is the first of three meetings between the Wizards and Hawks. The Hawks won the season series last season, 3-1.
  • Last game versus New Jersey...The Wizards fell to the New Jersey Nets, 90-84, on Monday at Verizon Center...The Wizards had five scorers in double-figures led by Nick Young who scored 16 points in 17:37 minutes of play off of the bench.
  • Key Matchup: Andray Blatche vs. Josh Smith - Andray Blatche posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in the season opener and will look to do more damage in the paint tonight in Atlanta. Josh Smith had a quiet first game in his team's rout of New Jersey, but expect one of the league's most athletic forwards to cause havoc tonight when he's around the rim.
  • X-Factor: Athleticism -The Wizards and Hawks are two of the most athletic teams in the league and like to play a fast paced transition game which results in many highlight reel dunks. Atlanta is coming off a 36 point win last night in New Jersey while idle Washington will try and use the night of rest to their advantage and outrun the Hawks for the full 48 minutes.
  • John Wall averaged 18.8 points, 7.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds in four games versus the Hawks last season.
  • JaVale McGee tied a Philips Arena record for blocks in a game last season with seven versus the Hawks on October 30, 2010.
  • Andray Blatche averaged 16.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in four games versus Atlanta last season.
  • Tonight's game can be seen on Comcast SportsNet or heard on WJFK The Fan 106.7 at 7:30pm
HAWKS PROBABLE STARTERS
#24 Marvin Williams
Forward, 6-9, 245 lbs
2011-12 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
14.0
9.0
3.0
#5 Josh Smith
Forward, 6-9, 225 lbs
2011-12 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
5.0
6.0
3.0
#15 Al Horford
Center, 6-10, 250 lbs
2011-12 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
8.0
4.0
1.0
#2 Joe Johnson
Guard, 6-7, 240 lbs
2011-12 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
11.0
2.0
1.0
#0 Jeff Teague
Guard, 6-2, 181 lbs
2011-12 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
13.0
3.0
3.0