Game Preview: Wizards vs. Bobcats


November 13, 2012 | 7:00 pm | TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM | Gameday Blog | Game Notes | Live Chat

Preview

The Wizards look to pick up their first win of the season on Tuesday night in Charlotte as they take on the Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena (7pm | TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM).

Last season the Wizards swept the season series, 4-0, but the Bobcats have some new weapons on their team this season. They will likely start two rookies; Michael-Kidd Glichrist and Jeff Taylor along with free-agent acquisition and former Wizard Brendan Haywood.

Along with the rookies, second year point-guard Kemba Walker is starting to come into his own as he dropped in 26 points and had a career-high eight steals to help take down the Mavericks on Saturday night.

For the Wizards to be successful, they will need to limit Walker and force him to give the ball up before he gets into the offensive sets. Walker's counterpart, A.J. Price, had himself a game on Saturday night as well, dishing out a season-high 14 assists. The Wiz will need Price to continue to find the open man and be able to execute the offense down the stretch.

The action kicks off at 7:00 pm on CSN or listen live on 106.7 FM/1500 AM.

Wizards (0-5)

vs.

Bobcats (2-3)

88.0
PPG
99.8
41.0
RPG
42.4
24.0
APG
19.0
.414
FG%
.426
.448
OPP FG%
.478
.309
3PT FG%
.303
.740
FT%
.769
16.0
TO
13.2
0-5
Last 10
2-3

Key Matchup

A.J. Price

vs.

Kemba Walker

10.8
PPG
18.8
4.0
RPG
3.8
8.0
APG
5.8
0.6
SPG
2.8

A.J. Price had his best game of the season on Saturday dishing out a season-high 14 assists to go along with his 12 points. He has quietly filled up the stat sheet this season and has done an adequate job filling in for the injured John Wall. For Charlotte, Kemba Walker is also coming off a big game where he dropped in 26 points and had a career high eight steals in the Bobcats win against Dallas. Walker is a guy who recorded a triple-double vs. the Wizards last season, so they are well aware of his capabilities and will need to hold him in check to slow down the Bobcats' attack.

These two were college teammates at UCONN during the 2008-09 season, where Price was a senior and Walker was a freshman.

In the below clip from last season, Price works his ex-Husky teammate down on the post and draws a foul.

In this clip, A.J. Price and Kemba Walker talk about playing with one another at UConn and about tonight's game.

Bobcats Projected Starters


G - Kemba Walker | 6-1 | 184 lbs
PPG: 18.8 | RPG: 3.8 | APG: 5.8


G- Jeffery Taylor | 6-7 | 225 lbs
PPG: 3.8 | RPG: 1.5 | APG: 0.0


F- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist | 6-7 | 232 lbs
PPG: 12.2 | RPG: 7.6 | APG: 1.2


F- Byron Mullens | 7-0 | 235 lbs
PPG: 11.6 | RPG: 8.4 | APG: 0.8


C- Brendan Haywood | 7-0 | 263 lbs
PPG: 8.3 | RPG: 8.5 | APG: 0.5

Wizards Projected Starters


G - A.J. Price | 6-2 | 185 lbs
PPG: 10.8 | RPG: 4.0 | APG: 8.0


G- Bradley Beal | 6-5 | 207 lbs
PPG: 13.0 | RPG: 3.6 | APG: 2.2


F- Trevor Ariza | 6-8 | 200 lbs
PPG: 6.0 | RPG: 4.0 | APG: 2.4


F- Trevor Booker | 6-11 | 240 lbs
PPG: 8.4 | RPG: 4.2 | APG: 1.0


C- Emeka Okafor | 6-10 | 255 lbs
PPG: 8.6 | RPG: 5.8 | APG: 0.4

Wizards Injury Report

Out

  • John Wall (knee)
  • Nene (foot)

Bobcats Injury
Report

Out

  • Gerald Henderson (foot)
="bottom">