WIZARDS-SUNS PREVIEW

By: Jeremy Hyman

The Wizards wrap up their homestand tonight as they host the Phoenix Suns at Verizon Center (7:00 pm | TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM). This is their first meeting of the year with the Suns and the two teams will meet again next Wednesday in Phoenix.

The Wizards are coming off back-to-back home wins over the Bucks and Hornets and look to complete the sweep of this homestand with a win over the struggling Suns tonight.

Last night, it was the John Wall show as he went for a season-high 29 points on 12/15 shooting. He entered the game with just three made three-pointers on the season but doubled that total by going 3/3 from beyond the arc. He also dished out nine assists in the effort.

Wall has been tremendous over the last three games, averaging 26.3 points and 11.0 assists per game. He will get his chance to shine again tonight against a poor defensive team in Phoenix who are also coming off a back-to-back.

The Suns enter tonight's contest having lost three in a row and five of six. They are now led by interim head coach Lindsey Hunter who took over back in January after the team let go of Alvin Gentry. A team that used to be a powerhouse out west are now in more of a rebuilding phase as they look to gain back relevance in the Western Conference.

Tonight they will be missing one of their big pieces, as center Marcin Gortat will miss the rest of the year with a foot injury. Similar to the Wizards, they don't have one guy who does a lot of the scoring, but rather rely on a bunch of players sharing the ball. They are led by their point guard Goran Dragic who is a fun point guard to watch. He is shifty and loves to get into the lane for midrange jumpers or to set up his teammates. They will likely start the Morris twins who are now back together like their days at Kansas after Marcus Morris was dealt to Phoenix at the trade deadline. Off the bench, watch for Jared Dudley and Luis Scola as the x-factors as they both give a punch to this Suns team.

Bradley Beal (sprained ankle) and A.J. Price (sore groin) are both questionable to play tonight.

The action kicks off at 7pm.

John Wall

vs.

Goran Dragic

15.3
PPG
14.1
3.5
RPG
2.9
7.5
APG
6.9
.435
FG %
.436

Wall is coming off maybe his best offensive performance of the season as he dropped in 29 points on 12/15 shooting. His jump shot has been much improved over the last two weeks and if he continues to shoot at a high clip he is almost unguardable.

Opposite Wall tonight will Goran Dragic who has taken over the reigns in Phoenix after Steve Nash was dealt to Los Angeles in the off-season. Dragic can also shoot the ball well and does so from all over the court. He can get into the lane, score in traffic, and sometimes finds interesting ways to get the ball in the hole with some creative shots. If the Wizards are able to keep him contained, they should be able to limit the Suns offense.

In this clip, John Wall reads the play, gets the steal and the slam.

In the clip below, John Wall finishes for the 3-point play.

Wizards
John Wall
6-4 | 207 lbs |
PPG: 15.3 | RPG: 3.5 | APG: 7.5
PG Goran Dragic
6-3 | 190 lbs |
PPG: 14.1 | RPG: 2.9 | APG: 6.9
Garrett Temple
6-6 | 195 lbs |
PPG: 3.9 | RPG: 2.2 | APG: 2.2
SG Wes Johnson
6-7 | 215 lbs |
PPG: 5.3 | RPG: 2.0 | APG: 0.4
Martell Webster
6-7 | 235 lbs |
PPG: 11.2 | RPG: 3.9 | APG: 1.8
SF Marcus Morris
6-9 | 235 lbs |
PPG: 8.7 | RPG: 3.9 | APG: 0.8
Nene
6-11 | 250 lbs |
PPG: 12.7 | RPG: 7.0 | APG: 2.8
PF Markieff Morris
6-10 | 245 lbs |
PPG: 7.6 | RPG: 4.4 | APG: 1.2
Emeka Okafor
6-10 | 250 lbs |
PPG: 9.4 | RPG: 8.9 | APG: 1.3
C Jermaine O'Neal
6-11 | 255 lbs |
PPG: 7.9 | RPG: 5.2 | APG: 0.8


Wizards (22-42)
vs.
Suns (22-44)
92.0
PPG
94.4
43.6
RPG
41.5
21.8
APG
22.3
.432
FG%
.441
.435
OPP FG%
.468
.358
3PT FG%
.325
.735
FT%
.740
15.5
TO
15.5
5-5
Last 10
4-6

Leandro Barbosa (knee) - out
Bradley Beal (knee) - day-to-day
A.J. Price (groin) - questionable


Suns Marcin Gortat (foot) - out
Channing Frye (heart) - out

03/16 - PHX @ WAS 03/20 - WAS @ PHX