Game Preview: Wizards vs. Bobcats


November 24, 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 tonight when they host the Charlotte Bobcats at Verizon Center (7pm | TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM).

Last season the Wizards swept the season series, 4-0, but the Bobcats dismantled the Wizards when the two teams met 11 days ago; 92-76 in Charlotte. It was the Wizards largest loss of the season and one they will want to avenge for tonight.

Second year point-guard Kemba Walker is starting to come into his own, averaging 18.5 ppg and 5.8 apg this season and the Wizards will need to slow him down to stop the Bobcats attack.

For the Wizards, they are coming off a heartbreaking overtime loss in Atlanta, but it was a game where they played well for a majority of the contest. A lot of that can be attributed to the fact that Nene made his return. The 11 year vet gave the Wizards 12 points in 20 minutes of action off the bench, and provided a lot of new found confidence for a team searching for their first win.

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

Wizards (0-10)

vs.

Bobcats (6-5)

88.2
PPG
96.7
42.7
RPG
43.2
21.3
APG
18.7
.400
FG%
.422
.443
OPP FG%
.440
.308
3PT FG%
.275
.732
FT%
.783
16.2
TO
14.6
0-10
Last 10
5-5

Key Matchup

Bradley Beal

vs.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

11.1
PPG
11.8
3.0
RPG
6.8
1.8
APG
1.5
0.8
SPG
1.3

The Wizards started a three guard lineup on Wednesday night and if they do so again it could mean Bradley Beal will be matched up with fellow rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. While MKG would have a size advantage, Beal is the quicker of the two and could use his speed and perimeter skills to his advantage against Kidd-Gilchrist. Two players who have yet to reach their 20th birthday starting and squaring off against one another is not something you see everyday in the NBA, so this one should be fun to watch.

In the below clip, Bradley Beal spots up in the corner and hits the open three in the first meeting vs. the Bobcats.

In this clip, MKG gets the ball off a miss and goes right to the rim for a three-point play over Bradley Beal.

Bobcats Projected Starters


G - Kemba Walker | 6-1 | 184 lbs
PPG: 18.5 | RPG: 3.7 | APG: 5.8


G- Jeffery Taylor | 6-7 | 225 lbs
PPG: 6.9 | RPG: 2.4 | APG: 0.8


F- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist | 6-7 | 232 lbs
PPG: 11.8 | RPG: 6.8 | APG: 1.5


F- Byron Mullens | 7-0 | 235 lbs
PPG: 12.5 | RPG: 8.8 | APG: 1.4


C- Brendan Haywood | 7-0 | 263 lbs
PPG: 7.2 | RPG: 7.0 | APG: 0.6

Wizards Projected Starters


G - Shaun Livingston | 6-7 | 175 lbs
PPG: 5.3 | RPG: 1.3 | APG: 3.0


G- Jordan Crawford | 6-4 | 195 lbs
PPG: 11.9 | RPG: 3.5 | APG: 3.5


G- Bradley Beal | 6-5 | 207 lbs
PPG: 11.1 | RPG: 3.0 | APG: 1.8


F- Jan Vesely | 7-0 | 235 lbs
PPG: 2.7 | RPG: 2.8 | APG: 0.9


C- Kevin Seraphin | 6-10 | 278 lbs
PPG: 11.3 | RPG: 4.3 | APG: 1.8

Wizards Injury Report

Out

  • John Wall (knee)

Questionable

  • Trevor Booker (knee)

Bobcats Injury
Report

Out

  • Gerald Henderson (foot)
  • Tyrus Thomas (calf)
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