#WizSuns Preview

By: Jeremy Hyman

Last Season vs. Phoenix

The Wizards swept the season series, 2-0.

What to Watch For

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).

Who's Hot

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.

X-Factor

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

vs.

Goran Dragic

20.2
PPG
19.4
4.3
RPG
3.3
8.5
APG
5.9
.425
FG %
.494

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.

Wizards
John Wall
6-4 | 207 lbs |
PPG: 20.2 | RPG: 4.3 | APG: 8.5
PG Goran Dragic
6-3 | 195 lbs |
PPG: 19.4 | RPG: 5.9 | APG: 3.3
Bradley Beal
6-5 | 195 lbs |
PPG: 17.0 | RPG: 3.7 | APG: 3.0
SG Gerald Green
6-8 | 210 lbs |
PPG: 13.7 | RPG: 3.1 | APG: 1.5
Trevor Ariza
6-8 | 220 lbs |
PPG: 13.7 | RPG: 6.0 | APG: 2.8
SF P.J. Tucker
6-6 | 235 lbs |
PPG: 9.3 | RPG: 6.0 | APG: 1.8
Nene
6-11 | 250 lbs |
PPG: 13.7 | RPG: 6.0 | APG: 2.8
PF Channing Frye
6-11 | 255 lbs |
PPG: 12.3 | RPG: 5.4 | APG: 1.0
Marcin Gortat
6-11 | 240 lbs |
PPG: 12.0 | RPG: 8.8 | APG: 1.5
C Miles Plumlee
6-11 | 255 lbs |
PPG: 9.7 | RPG: 8.7 | APG: 0.6


Wizards (20-21)
vs.
Suns (24-17)
98.8
PPG
104.4
42.7
RPG
43.6
23.1
APG
19.0
.449
FG%
.456
.462
OPP FG%
.450
.380
3PT FG%
.367
.730
FT%
.747
15.3
TO
14.9
6-4
Last 10
5-5

Al Harrington (knee) - Out


Suns Emeka Okafor (herniated disc) - Out
Eric Bledsoe (knee) - Out

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