By: Jeremy Hyman
The Wizards defeated the Hawks, 108-101, on November 30th at Verizon Center. John Wall led the team with 26 points, 12 assists, six rebounds, and five steals.
Getting Back on Track - After winning seven of nine, the Wizards lost two straight home games to the Bucks and Nuggets. Both were winnable games and they lost both in the final minutes of the game. In Monday's loss to Denver, they were held to a season-low 74 points. Tonight, they'll look to get back on track and kickstart the offense against a Hawks team they scored 108 points against two weeks ago at Verizon Center. Martell Webster is expected to be back in the lineup which should give a boost to the Wizards perimeter shooting. These are two teams who are in a similar spot in the Eastern Conference and tonight should be a good barometer to see where the Wizards stand.
Containing Millsap & Horford - The Hawks biggest acquisition this past off-season was the addition of Paul Millsap. He has not disappointed and is currently red-hot, averaging 20.4 points and 11.8 rebounds over the Hawks last five games, while shooting 50% from 3-point range. He led the Hawks with 23 points and 10 boards when these two teams met two weeks ago and will be the guy to watch for on Atlanta tonight. His fellow big man, Al Horford, is always a threat in the low post and if Nene is unable to play tonight the Wizards will need some of their other bigs to step up and fill the void to help defend this tough duo down low.
Wizards - John Wall is averaging 22.0 points, 9.7 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in three games during the month of December
Hawks - Paul Milsap is averaging 20.4 points (102) and 11.8 rebounds (59) in the last five games (four double-doubles
Martell Webster/Kyle Korver - The last time these two teams played, Kyle Korver missed the game due to injury, but he'll be back in the starting lineup tonight. He recently set the NBA record for consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer at 90 and has continued that streak since. He's a lethal perimeter shooter and will be a key to the Hawks offense.
The last time the Wizards played, they were without Martell Webster who also missed the game due to injury. He's expected back tonight and will let the Wizards stretch the floor again and provide the 3-point shooting they need to be effective.
The action kicks off at 7:30pm from Phillips Arena.
These are two point guards having career years and enter tonight's game ranked in the top ten in assists. Wall is second in the league at 9.1 apg while Teague is eighth at 7.8 apg. The last time these two teams played, Wall went off for 26p, 12a, 6r, & 5st to lead the Wizards to victory, while Teague was held to 15p & 5a. They will be focal points of their respective offenses again tonight as the Hawks look to avenge their loss from two weeks ago.
John Wall with Chris Webber on last night's Inside the NBA.