Game Preview: Wizards vs. Thunder

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WIZARDS PROBABLE STARTERS
#3 Caron Butler
Forward, 6-7, 228 lbs
2009-10 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
17.0
7.6
0.9
#4 Antawn Jamison
Forward, 6-9, 235 lbs
2009-10 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
31.0
1.0
2.0
#3 Brendan Haywood
Center, 7-0, 263 lbs
2009-10 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
10.9
10.8
0.1
#6 Mike Miller
Guard, 6-8, 218 lbs
2009-10 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
11.3
7.4
3.6
#0 Gilbert Arenas
Guard, 6-4, 215 lbs
2009-10 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
22.9
3.9
6.5
GAME NOTES
  • Tonight’s game is the first of two meetings between the Washington Wizards and Oklahoma City Thunder. The two teams will meet again on December 29th in Washington.
  • Last contest...The Washington Wizards snapped a six game losing streak by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers, 108-91 at Verizon Center on November 18th...Antawn Jamison scored a team-high 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his season debut...Washington outscored the Cavaliers 33-19 in the fourth quarter to cruise to the victory...The Wizards shot .564 percent from the field in the second half which led to a season-high 64 second half points and held Cleveland to just .389 percent from the field in the second half...Caron Butler scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds...Gilbert Arenas added 18 points to go along with eight assists and six rebounds...Mike Miller scored 17 points and had eight rebounds and six assists...Brendan Haywood grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.
  • Wizards forward Antawn Jamison is averaging 20.2 points and 7.9 rebounds in 30 career games versus the Oklahoma City franchise. In two games versus the Thunder last season, Jamison averaged 29.0 points and 7.5 rebounds. This marked his third highest scoring average against Wizards opponents last season (31.5 ppg vs. SAC, 29.7 ppg vs. IND).
  • Washington currently ranks in the top 10 in the NBA in defensive rebounds (43.3, 7th), blocks per game (5.5, t-9th) and opponents’ field goal percentage (.440, 9th).
  • Caron Butler is averaging 18.9 points and 8.0 rebounds in his last seven games.
  • Washington has averaged 111.0 points on .500 shooting from the field in their three wins this season. The Wizards have held opponents to .436 percent from the field in the three games.
  • Forward Andray Blatche tied a career-high with 15 rebounds in the Wizards 104-95 win over the Thunder at Verizon Center last season (12/27/08). Blatche averaged 16.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in two games last season versus Oklahoma City.
  • Washington-Oklahoma City connections…Wizards forward Antawn Jamison had a career-high tying 51 points vs. the Seattle SuperSonics as a member of the Golden State Warriors on December 3, 2000...Thunder forward Jeff Green attended Georgetown University and is from Cheverly, MD...Thunder guard/forward Kevin Durant also hails from the Washington, DC metro area…Thunder center Etan Thomas played for the Wizards from 2001-09 and was the longest-tenured Wizards player until he was traded to Minnesota before the 2009 NBA Draft…Etan Thomas averaged 6.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.0 block per game while playing his first seven seasons for the Wizards.
  • THUNDER PROBABLE STARTERS
    #22 Jeff Green
    Forward, 6-9, 235 lbs.
    2009-10 STATS
    PPG
    RPG
    APG
    14.7
    5.4
    1.1
    #35 Kevin Durant
    Forward, 6-9, 230
    2009-10 STATS
    PPG
    RPG
    APG
    27.1
    7.1
    2.5
    #12 Nenad Krstic
    Center, 7-0, 240 lbs
    2009-10 STATS
    PPG
    RPG
    APG
    9.3
    5.0
    0.3
    #2 Thabo Sefolosha
    Guard, 6-7, 215 lbs
    2009-10 STATS
    PPG
    RPG
    APG
    5.5
    5.8
    1.9
    #0 Russell Westbrook
    Guard, 6-3, 187 lbs
    2009-10 STATS
    PPG
    RPG
    APG
    15.8
    4.7
    7.2