Coming off three straight losses the Washington Wizards now find themselves in the “bee hive”.
Finding some “positive pixels” can start on Thursday when the Wizards face-off against the lowly Hornets at the New Orleans Arena.
The Wizards (9-32) and the Hornets (10-32) both find themselves at the bottom of the NBA standings. Getting a win for either team certainly won’t change the standings much, but it will help the struggling teams gain some momentum.
New Orleans — like the Wizards — struggles to score the basketball, as they find themselves 29th in the league in points per game. Pushing the tempo and taking high quality shots is the key to victory for Washington. Unlike previous teams, the Wizards won’t have to worry about the Hornet’s three point shooting. The Hornets only shoot 32 percent from behind the arc.
The key match-up in this game revolves around two guys that have been the subject of trade rumors throughout the course of this season: Javale McGee and Chris Kaman. The last time these two played against each other, Kaman got the best of the match up putting up 28 points and 12 rebounds. Kaman’s lack of athletic ability is made up for with skill and versatility. McGee’s defense, particularly on the pick and roll, will help determine the outcome of the ballgame.
Another guy to look out for is the Hornet’s rookie big-man from Mexico, Gustavo Ayon. The Wizards are prone to allowing “no name players” have career nights . Don’t be surprised if Ayon ends up being that guy on Thursday.
The Hornet’s lack of depth at the guard position may even be worse than Washington’s. With 23 year-old sensation Eric Gordon out due to knee injury, the Hornets lack a solidified starter at either guard position. John Wall will be looking start a new hot streak against New Orleans. If Wall is able to push the tempo and put Kaman in foul trouble, the Wizards will cruise to victory. Taking advantage of a team on their second game in a back-to-back is a factor that also benefits Washington.
The Wizards will pull out their fourth road victory of the season against the Hornets.
John Wall will prove to be too much of a problem for D.C natives Greivis Vasquez and Jarrett Jack. Getting a victory against New Orleans would hopefully help Washington gain some momentum going into Friday night at the Atlanta Hawks.
No one can predict which Wizards team will show up on Thursday, but if the Wizards come prepared and ready to play, I can’t see them losing this game.