The 14-37 Washington Wizards will look for revenge tonight and perhaps some humility, as they take on the 44-9 San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs have won four of their last five games, yet fell last night in a low-scoring 77-71 defeat to the Philadelphia 76ers. Can the Wizards capitalize tonight at the Verizon Center, or will San Antonio bounce back following their worst scoring performance of the season?
The Spurs beat Washington 94-80 in San Antonio just a day after Christmas, on a night in which Rashard Lewis–in just his second game as a Wizard–had to lead Washington in the absence of both Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee. The frontcourt duo had to serve a one-game suspension because of an altercation outside of a nightclub the Thursday prior. Since then, no major concerns have been reported. In fact, JaVale often passes the ball to Andray during games, something that isn’t going to happen if there’s a lasting friction between two bigs. Most recently? An alley-oop lay-up which helped Washington achieve a 47-37 first half lead over the Bucks Wednesday night, as the Wizards went on to snap an eight-game losing skid.
Frontcourt aside, Nick Young was the main culprit of that skid-ending win. He scored 24 of his game-high 26 points between the second and third quarters. Young has scored 20 or more points 26 times this season. With Young hot as of late, and Washington’s frontcourt in order, the Wizards should be able to give the Spurs a much more even-handed contest tonight. However, keep in mind the last time San Antonio scored only 70 or so points–72, to be exact, in a January 22nd loss to the New Orleans Hornets–the Spurs came back to score 113 just two days later, in a high-scoring affair over the Golden State Warriors; Washington will have to play a tough game.
Follow tonight’s 8:00 p.m. ET game with me on Twitter, as I Tweet live from the Verizon Center, and be sure to keep an eye on the injury report if you’re a Fantasy baller.
WAS – Rashard Lewis (Probable; Knee); Al Thornton (Out; Dislocated Finger); Yi Jianlian (Questionable; Ankle); Josh Howard (Out; Knee).
SAS – None reported via official Spurs Game Notes.
Lewis has missed practice as of late due to his knee, and may rest some tonight since Washington has Cleveland tomorrow night. Keep an eye on Twitter for breaking news.
Telecast: CSN @ 8:00 p.m. ET
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
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