By: Jeremy Hyman
The Nets won the season series, 3-1.
3-Point Shooting - The Wizards built their team with perimeter shooters to help compliment John Wall and his penetrating offense, but on Wednesday night Wall was the one making the defense pay by hitting a career-high five 3-pointers in a win at Philadelphia. The team made a franchise-high 18 3's in the game and although they can't expect to make 18 every night, if they continue to shoot the ball well from beyond the arc they will put defenses in a tough predicament. It should open up more driving lanes and force defenses to run them off the 3-point line, which will open up the paint and give the Wizards more options inside.
Backcourt: Veterans vs. Youth - The Nets' veteran backcourt of Deron Williams and Joe Johnson will go toe-to-toe tonight with the Wizards' young duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal in a battle of two very talented backcourts in the Eastern Conference.
Wizards - John Wall knocked down a career-high five threes on Wednesday night and is one of only two players (Chris Paul) in the NBA averaging at least 20 points and eight assists per game.
Nets - Brook Lopez scored 27 points in the Nets win on Tuesday night and is averaging just over 20 ppg through four games this season. He'll be a force in the paint tonight and one of the Wizards biggest challenges on the post.
Uncle Al - Al Harrington had his best game of the young season on Wednesday night, scoring 10 points in 17 minutes off the bench. Against a veteran team like Brooklyn, look for Harrington to again play a big role and give the Wizards a spark off the bench in tonight's game.
The action kicks off at 7:00pm at Verizon Center.
John Wall, who hit a career-high five threes on Wednesday night, can become nearly unguardable if he continues to shoot the ball well from the perimeter. His jump shot has improved each season and he's continuing to gain confidence in his outside shot. Wall will take what the defense gives him, so if Williams sags off him on defense like MCW did on Wednesday night, look for another big night from Wall.
Deron Williams is still trying to get healthy as his numbers are down across the board. His minutes have been limited through the first four games due to a sore ankle, but he's also trying to learn his role in the offense that consists of so many guys who can score the ball. With that said, this is a guy that hit an NBA record nine 3-pointers in the first half of a #WizNets game last March, so he's still a player the Wizards need to prepare to shut down to get a home win tonight.
In Wall and Williams six career head-to-head matchups, Wall has only attempted one three pointer, so Williams will be in for a different looking Wall when they square off tonight.
John Wall shows his great speed and defensive prowess against Brooklyn.