By: Jeremy Hyman
The Wizards swept the season series, 2-0.
Wizards Start West Coast Trip - The Wizards are back on the road for the start of a four-game west coast trip tonight in Phoenix. The road has seen them play some of their best basketball of late, winning seven of their last nine away from home. They'll look to bounce back from a tough overtime loss to the Celtics on Wednesday night and start this trip off the right way.
The Wizards begin the trip with the Suns and Jazz on a back-to-back, and then have two days off before another back-to-back with the Warriors and Clippers.
Martell Webster scored a career-high 34 points against the Suns last season.
Surprise of the West - Before the year began, almost all of the pundits picked the Suns to finish near the bottom of the Western Conference. But, they have been the surprise of the first half of the season, holding a 24-17 record, which is good for 7th in the west. They've gotten the most out of their talent and have bought into first year head coach Jeff Hornacek's up-tempo system. They are 7th in the NBA in points per game (104.4) but are last in the league in assists per game (19.0).
Wizards - John Wall is coming off his second career triple double, finishing Wednesday night's game with 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in an overtime loss to the Celtics.
Suns - Gerald Green is having a career-season for the Suns and is coming off a team-high 23 point effort on Wednesday night in a win over the Pacers. He scored a season-high 28 points last week in a win over the Lakers.
Gortat Returns to Phoenix - Marcin Gortat spent the last 2.5 seasons in Phoenix before being traded to the Wizards just before the 2013-14 season began. Although he said he's only concerned about getting a win, there's always some extra emotion when returning to a former team.
The action kicks off at 9:00pm from the U.S. Airways Center.
John Wall's career-season continued on Wednesday night as he recorded the second triple double of his career and the first since his rookie season. Although he was not named a starter in the 2014 All-Star Game, his credentials make him a favorite to be named as a reserve next week. Tonight, he goes up against another point guard having a career season; Goran Dragic.
When the Suns added Eric Bledsoe to the backcourt, it allowed Dragic to become more of a scorer than a pure distributor and he's responded by averaging close to 20 points per game and is a big reason why the Suns are the surprise team in the west. With Bledsoe out, he'll shift more into a point guard again and will be a real weapon the Wizards need to focus on tonight.
John Wall records a triple double on Wednesday night against Boston.