Game Preview: Wizards vs. Hornets


December 11, 2012 | 8:00 pm | TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM | Gameday Blog | Game Notes | Live Chat

Preview

The Wizards begin a tough four game in five night stretch tonight when they travel to New Orleans to take on the Hornets (8:00 pm | TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM).

Last season, the Wizards beat the Hornets on the road in their one and only meeting, 99-89.

The Hornets are expecting their #1 overall pick, Anthony Davis, to return to the lineup soon, possibly as early as tonight. Without him, look for sharpshooter Ryan Anderson and point guard Greivis Vasquez as New Orleans keys on offense. Anderson is shooting 44% from behind the arc, while Vasquez is fifth in the NBA with 8.6 assists per game.

For the Wizards, they lost another player to injury on Saturday night as A.J. Price went down with a hand injury. He joins a list that includes, John Wall, Trevor Booker, and Trevor Ariza, which means the Wizards will likely be showcasing a lot more of Jordan Crawford at point guard along with Shaun Livingston. Crawford has shown the ability to pass the ball, dishing out eight assists in Saturday's game, and will now be relied upon for more than just his scoring ability as he shifts over to the point guard spot.

Both these teams are itching for a win so look for a hard-fought game that likely will come down to who executes better in the final five minutes.

Wizards (2-15)

vs.

Hornets (5-14)

91.1
PPG
92.6
42.2
RPG
39.9
20.8
APG
21.5
.412
FG%
.445
.450
OPP FG%
.464
.315
3PT FG%
.395
.744
FT%
.789
15.2
TO
14.8
2-8
Last 10
2-8

Key Matchup

Chris Singleton

vs.

Ryan Anderson

5.6
PPG
18.4
3.9
RPG
7.5
0.8
APG
1.3
.429
FG %
.478

Chris Singleton has stepped into a starting role over the past few games as the Wizards like to use something referred to as a "stretch four". This means they like having Singleton, play the power forward position which helps stretch the defense out because of Singleton's ability to shoot the ball from outside. He is not your prototypical power-forward, but has done a nice job in that role and this will be a great match-up for him tonight as Ryan Anderson is more of a perimeter player himself.

Anderson has become one of the best three-point shooters in the league and he is the best offensive player the Hornets possess. Singleton will need to lock him down around the perimeter to limit his effectiveness and if the Wizards can keep him under 20 points, they should be in good shape to win the game.

In the below clip, Emeka Okafor talks about returning to play his former team.

In this clip, Martell Webster talks about the team battling through injuries and Okafor going back to New Orleans.

Hornets Projected Starters


G - Greivis Vasquez | 6-6 | 211 lbs
PPG: 12.4 | RPG: 3.7 | APG: 8.6


G- Roger Mason Jr. | 6-5 | 205 lbs
PPG: 5.7 | RPG: 2.1 | APG: 1.3


F- Xavier Henry | 6-6 | 220 lbs
PPG: 4.5 | RPG: 2.2 | APG: 0.5


F- Ryan Anderson | 6-10 | 240 lbs
PPG: 18.4 | RPG: 7.5 | APG: 1.3


C- Robin Lopez | 7-0 | 255 lbs
PPG: 11.9 | RPG: 5.5 | APG: 0.9

Wizards Projected Starters


G - Shaun Livingston | 6-7 | 175 lbs
PPG: 4.2 | RPG: 2.0 | APG: 1.9


G- Bradley Beal | 6-5 | 207 lbs
PPG: 11.7 | RPG: 3.4 | APG: 2.1


F- Martell Webster | 6-7 | 230 lbs
PPG: 8.7 | RPG: 3.4 | APG: 1.3


F- Chris Singleton | 6-9 | 225 lbs
PPG: 5.6 | RPG: 3.9 | APG: 0.8


C- Emeka Okafor | 6-10 | 250 lbs
PPG: 6.6| RPG: 5.5 | APG: 0.8

Wizards Injury Report

Out

  • John Wall (knee)
  • Trevor Booker (knee)
  • Trevor Ariza (calf)
  • A.J. Price (hand)

Hornets Injury
Report

Out

  • Eric Gordon (knee)
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