Wizards 11-5 vs Hornets 10-8
When: Monday, Nov 22nd, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
TV: NBCS Washington, NBA League Pass /
Radio: The Team 980, WFED 1500 AM
Wizards: Thomas Bryant (Out, Left ACL), Rui Hachimura ( Out, Personal), Davis Bertans (Day to Day, Left Ankle Sprain)
Hornets: PJ Washington (Day to Day, Elbow)
Keep an eye on:
Forcing Three's: is what contributed to the Wizards being outscored 30-14 in the third quarter during last weeks loss at Charlotte. Washington shot 1-13 in the third quarter from deep and with those misses sparking Charlottes transition game. Washington saw a six point halftime lead (51-45) turn into a ten point deficit (65-75) entering the fourth quarter which they never recovered from. They ended the game shooting 19 percent from 3-point range with forty-two of their ninety field goal attempts coming from 3-point range. More ball movement and attacking instead of settling for tough threes will pay dividends as Washington look to return the favor tonight.
Keep The Hornets Out Of Transition: I'm sure is at the top of every scouting report for every team that faces Charlotte. They have one of the best passers in the NBA in LaMelo Ball orchestrating things and a long list of shooters (Hayward, Rozier, Martin, Oubre Jr, Washington, Smith, McDaniels) to spread the floor and athletes (Bridges, Oubre Jr, Plumlee, Martin, McDaniels, Richards) who can run and finish with the best of them. Charlotte is currently fourth in the NBA in fast break points, averaging 15.2 points per game and fourth in points off turnovers, averaging 19.3 points per contest. Washington is one of the best at limiting opponents fast break scoring opportunities, holding opponents to 9 fast break points per game which ranks second in the NBA. Efficient execution offensively while limiting turnovers will hinder Charlotte in many ways.