Game Preview: Wizards vs. Pacers


November 19, 2012 | 7:00 pm | TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM | Gameday Blog | Game Notes | Live Chat

Preview

Looking to pick up their first win of the year, the Wizards will take aim at the Indiana Pacers on Monday night at Verizon Center (7pm | TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM).

The last time these two teams met, the Pacers knocked off the Wizards 89-85 on November 10th in Indiana. Trevor Booker had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but his jump-hook came up short and the Pacers hung on to the victory.

Similar to the Wizards who will be without John Wall and Nene, the Pacers will be playing tonight without their star as Danny Granger is sidelined with a knee injury. Last time out vs. the Wizards, it was Paul George who stepped up and dropped in 20 points to lead the Pacers and he will be a key part to the Pacers offense again tonight.

For the Wizards, A.J. Price had a career-high 14 assists the last time these two teams met and showed his old team what he is capable of providing. With the Wizards offense looking for answers, they will need another big effort from Price and will rely on him to dictate the tempo.

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

Wizards (0-8)

vs.

Pacers (4-7)

86.6
PPG
89.3
41.6
RPG
48.7
22.5
APG
17.6
.401
FG%
.406
.439
OPP FG%
.407
.310
3PT FG%
.305
.734
FT%
.734
16.1
TO
16.3
0-8
Last 10
4-7

Key Matchup

Jordan Crawford

vs.

Lance Stephenson

12.4
PPG
7.9
3.5
RPG
2.8
4.0
APG
2.5
.422
FG %
.473

Jordan Crawford entered the Wizards starting lineup on Saturday night and responded by leading the team with 20 points and dishing out eight assists. With the Wizards searching for offense, Crawford will be a key component in tonight's game. Opposite him is likely to be third-year guard Lance Stephenson who is a tough-nosed player who is starting to make a name for himself in 2012. Stephenson is shooting 43% from long-range and had 12 points making his first start the last time these two teams met.

In the below clip, Crawford shows off his range by hitting from way downtown in the last Wizards-Pacers meeting.

In this clip, Lance Stephenson shows his explosiveness with this drive and finish at the rim.

Pacers Projected Starters


G - George Hill | 6-2 | 190 lbs
PPG: 13.5 | RPG: 4.1 | APG: 5.0


G- Lance Stephenson | 6-8 | 215 lbs
PPG: 7.9 | RPG: 2.8 | APG: 2.5


F- Paul George | 6-8 | 215 lbs
PPG: 14.1 | RPG: 7.2 | APG: 3.2


F- David West | 6-9 | 240 lbs
PPG: 14.9 | RPG: 8.1 | APG: 1.6


C- Roy Hibbert | 7-2 | 280 lbs
PPG: 8.5 | RPG: 7.9 | APG: 1.4

Wizards Projected Starters


G - A.J. Price | 6-2 | 185 lbs
PPG: 9.9 | RPG: 3.4 | APG: 6.4


G- Jordan Crawford | 6-4 | 195 lbs
PPG: 12.4 | RPG: 3.5 | APG: 4.0


F- Trevor Ariza | 6-8 | 200 lbs
PPG: 8.6 | RPG: 4.8 | APG: 2.0


F- Jan Vesely | 6-11 | 240 lbs
PPG: 2.8 | RPG: 2.9 | APG: 1.0


C- Emeka Okafor | 6-10 | 255 lbs
PPG: 8.4 | RPG: 7.0 | APG: 0.9

Wizards Injury Report

Out

  • John Wall (knee)
  • Nene (foot)

Pacers Injury
Report

Out

  • Danny Granger (knee)
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