Game Preview: Wizards vs. Rockets

ON AIR /// Gametime: FRI, January 27th at 8:00 pm ET /// TV: CSN | Listen Live! 106.7 FM | Game Notes

WIZARDS PROBABLE STARTERS
#9 Rashard Lewis
Forward, 6-10, 230 lbs
2011-12 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
8.5
3.7
1.1
#7 Andray Blatche
Forward, 6-11, 260 lbs
2011-12 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
11.3
7.7
1.4
#34 JaVale McGee
Center, 7-0, 252 lbs
2011-12 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
10.9
9.1
0.4
#1 Nick Young
Guard, 6-7, 210 lbs
2011-12 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
16.2
2.4
1.4
#2 John Wall
Guard, 6-4, 195 lbs
2011-12 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
16.0
5.4
7.1

GAME NOTES

  • Tonight's game is the second and final meeting of the season between the Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets. The Rockets won the first meeting, 114-106, in Washington on January 16th.
  • John Wall is currently the only player in the NBA that is averaging at least 16.0 points, 7.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game this season.
  • Jordan Crawford is averaging 14.3 points, 2.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds and in his last seven games.
  • Andray Blatche is 10 points shy of 4,000 career points.
  • Key Matchups:
  • John Wall vs. Kyle Lowry
  • John Wall had a career-high 38 points the last time these two teams met and in his short career has made it a habit to terrorize the Rockets. Last season, he notched his first career triple-double against this team and he will get another chance to fill up the stat sheet tonight in Houston. Opposing Wall is one of the most up and coming point guards in the game today in Kyle Lowry. He may not have the same recognition as some of the premiere point guards, but if you look at Lowry's numbers (15.9ppg, 6.9ppg, 8.8ppg) he can be compared to any point guard in this league. Whichever point guard is able to manage the game more efficiently tonight is likely to come out victorious.
  • Nick Young vs. Kevin Martin
    Nick Young has scored in double figures in each of his past eight games and is coming off a 20 point performance in which he led the Wizards in scoring. The Wizards will need plenty of scoring from Young tonight as his counterpart, Kevin Martin, has scored at least 25 points over the past four games and has eclipsed 30 points in two of those contests. Young will need to be working hard on both ends of the court and limiting Martin may be just as important as scoring tonight which will be one of the keys to the Wizards success.
  • Today's game can be seen on Comcast SportsNet or heard on WJFK The Fan 106.7 at 8:00pm.
ROCKETS PROBABLE STARTERS
#25 Chanlder Parsons
Forward, 6-9, 200 lbs
2011-12 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
7.3
5.6
1.7
#4 Luis Scola
Forward, 6-9, 245 lbs
2011-12 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
15.4
5.8
1.6
#21 Samuel Dalembert
Center, 6-11, 250 lbs
2011-12 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
8.9
8.9
0.4
#12 Kevin Martin
Guard, 6-7, 185 lbs
2011-12 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
20.1
3.1
2.7
#7 Kyle Lowry
Guard, 6-0, 205 lbs
2011-12 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
15.9
6.9
8.8