Game Preview: Wizards vs. Warriors


December 8, 2012 | 7:00 pm | TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM | Gameday Blog | Game Notes | Live Chat

Preview

The Wizards begin their first of six back-to-back sets in the month of December when they host the Golden State Warriors tonight at Verizon Center (7:00 pm | TV: CSN | Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM).

Last season, the Warriors had their way with the Wizards in their one and only meeting, winning 120-100 on March 5th at Verizon Center.

But this is a different looking Warriors team, and one of the youngest starting lineups in the league. They currently start two rookies (Barnes & Ezeli) and second-year guard Klay Thompson. Alongside them are their two stars, Steph Curry and David Lee. Curry can be lethal from the perimeter, while Lee is their rock on the post. A lot of their offense starts with these two, so it will be key to limit their production in tonight's game.

The Warriors are in the midst of a seven games in ten days road trip and are also playing the second-leg of a back-to-back as they won 108-101, in Brooklyn last night.

The Wizards fell 104-95 to the Hawks last night in Atlanta. Consistency is something the Wizards are still struggling with as there were times during the game where they played well enough to win, but could not do it for the full 48 minutes.

Expect another fast-paced game tonight as the Wizards go for their third straight home win.

Wizards (2-14)

vs.

Warriors (12-7)

90.7
PPG
97.0
42.5
RPG
39.8
20.6
APG
23.5
.411
FG%
.456
.451
OPP FG%
.432
.312
3PT FG%
.373
.753
FT%
.698
15.7
TO
15.0
2-8
Last 10
7-3

Key Matchup

Bradley Beal

vs.

Klay Thompson

11.4
PPG
15.8
3.2
RPG
4.1
1.9
APG
2.2
.349
FG %
.393

Bradley Beal continues to be a staple in the Wizards offensive attack, scoring 18 points last night in Atlanta and now averaging 11.4 points per game during his rookie season. Beal scored 14 of his 18 points in the third quarter of last night's game, which was his highest scoring quarter of the season. If he can get his shot going early and get his confidence up, look for Beal to have a big game again tonight vs. Golden State.

Opposite him tonight will be another young guard in Klay Thompson. Thompson has emerged as one of the good young shooting guards in the Western Conference and is now averaging scoring 15.8 points per game in his sophomore season.

Both of these guys can shoot the ball, but their ability to defend may be the key in tonight's game. They should defend each other for much of the game, which always makes for a good head-to-head matchup.

In the below clip, Sam Mitchell and Rick Fox break down the leading rookie scorers.

In this clip, Beal hits a three from the corner.

Warriors Projected Starters


G - Stephen Curry | 6-3 | 185 lbs
PPG: 19.6 | RPG: 3.9 | APG: 6.5


G- Klay Thompson | 6-7 | 205 lbs
PPG: 15.8 | RPG: 4.1 | APG: 2.2


F- Harrison Barnes | 6-8 | 210 lbs
PPG: 9.6 | RPG: 4.7 | APG: 1.5


F- David Lee | 6-9 | 240 lbs
PPG: 18.2 | RPG: 10.9 | APG: 3.7


C- Festus Ezeli | 6-11 | 255 lbs
PPG: 3.4 | RPG: 4.4 | APG: 0.2

Wizards Projected Starters


G - A.J. Price | 6-2 | 185 lbs
PPG: 9.1 | RPG: 3.0 | APG: 5.2


G- Bradley Beal | 6-5 | 207 lbs
PPG: 11.4 | RPG: 3.2 | APG: 1.9


F- Martell Webster | 6-7 | 230 lbs
PPG: 8.7 | RPG: 3.3 | APG: 1.2


F- Chris Singleton | 6-9 | 225 lbs
PPG: 5.4 | RPG: 3.9 | APG: 0.7


C- Emeka Okafor | 6-10 | 250 lbs
PPG: 6.9| RPG: 5.8 | APG: 0.9

Wizards Injury Report

Out

  • John Wall (knee)
  • Trevor Booker (knee)
  • Trevor Ariza (calf)

Warriors Injury
Report

Out

  • Brandon Rush (ankle)
  • Andrew Bogut (knee)
  • Richard Jefferson (calf)
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