Game Preview: Wizards vs. Rockets

ON AIR /// Gametime: MON, December 27 at 8:30 pm ET /// TV: CSN HD | Radio: 106.7 The Fan | Listen Live! | Game Notes

WIZARDS PROBABLE STARTERS
#14 Al Thornton
Forward, 6-8, 220 lbs
2010-11 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
15.2
6.4
1.0
#35 Trevor Booker
Forward, 6-8, 240 lbs
2010-11 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
4.2
2.6
0.4
#13 Kevin Seraphin
Center, 6-9, 275 lbs
2010-11 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
2.5
3.2
0.3
#12 Kirk Hinrich
Guard, 6-4, 190 lbs
2010-11 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
11.2
2.8
4.2
#2 John Wall
Guard, 6-4, 195 lbs
2010-11 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
19.4
3.2
9.6

GAME NOTES

  • Tonight’s game is the second of two meetings between the Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets. The Wizards won the first meeting, 98-91, on November 10th at Verizon Center.
  • Last time versus Houston...The Wizards defeated the Houston Rockets, 98-91, on November 10 at Verizon Center... John Wall recorded his first career triple double with 19 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds while also adding six steals...Andray Blatche posted his second straight double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds...Al Thornton scored 20 points on 7-of-13 from the field...Yi Jianlian posted 13 points, seven rebounds and blocked a career-high tying four shots...JaVale McGee scored eight points grabbed six rebounds and blocked for shots...Kevin Martin led the Rockets with 31 points.
  • The Wizards have held their last five opponents to under 100 points. During this stretch, Wizards opponents are averaging 89.6 points per game. The last time Washington held five straight opponents to under 100 points was from March 30-April 6 of 2010.
  • With his triple-double versus Houston (11/10), Wall became the first Wizards rookie to record a triple double since Tom Gugliotta did it on December 5, 1992.
  • Kirk Hinrich is averaging 16.3 points, 9.8 assists and 4.8 rebounds in his last three games.
  • Washington-Houston connections…Wizards guard John Wall and Rockets forward Patrick Patterson were teammates at the University of Kentucky during the 2009-10 season…Rockets forward Jared Jeffries was drafted by Washington 11th overall in 2002, and averaged 6.1 points per game in 256 games for Washington from 2002-06…Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell was drafted by the Houston Rockets in the 1993 NBA Draft and played for them from 1993-96, winning back to back NBA Championships in the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons.
ROCKETS PROBABLE STARTERS
#31 Shane Battier
Forward, 6-8, 220 lbs
2010-11 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
8.8
4.8
2.9
#4 Luis Scola
Forward, 6-9, 245 lbs
2010-11 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
20.3
8.7
2.3
#44 Chuck Hayes
Center, 6-6, 238 lbs
2010-11 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
5.8
5.7
1.5
#12 Kevin Martin
Guard, 6-7, 185 lbs
2010-11 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
23.6
3.1
2.5
#7 Kyle Lowry
Guard, 6-0, 205 lbs
2010-11 STATS
PPG
RPG
APG
11.0
4.0
7.2