Another night, another PG challenge for John Wall. In fact, this might be the Wall's toughest assignment yet as he takes the court this evening opposite Steve Nash and returns tomorrow to face Rajon Rondo. The good new for Wizards fans is that while Wall has shown a puzzling ability to shut down middling PGs such as Keyon Dooling and D.J Augustin, he shows up for the marquee PGs as witnessed in his matchup with Deron Williams on Monday.
Coach Flip Saunders downplayed the importance of the matchup in his pregame address, stating that he was less concerned about Wall guarding Nash, and more about the how the rest of the team matching up against a perimeter oriented team such as the Suns. Saunders as much as admitted that Nash was going to get his tonight, and that the focus of the Wizards should be on shutting down evergreen Grant Hill and the always entertaining Vince Carter.
The Suns are a team that has undergone yet another topical facelift without addressing any of the issues that have plagued them throughout the year. The Vince Carter trade is not a "shuffling deck chairs" move as it is another move to get Phoenix in better financial shape before the CBA expires.
The good news is that the Wizards have a chance to take this game as the Suns haven't melded and are currently treading water in the Western Conference. Better news? The Celtics are matched up this evening with a physical Utah team. I give the Wizards a good shot of winning the game tonight and a ghost of a chance in tomorrow's tilt.
PG John Wall
SG Nick Young
SF Rashard Lewis
PF Andray Blatche
C JaVale McGee
PG Steve Nash
SG Vince Carter
SF Grant Hill
PF Channing Frye
C Robin Lopez
Note - Rashard Lewis will be monitored very closely tonight as his knee is sore. It is like that he will play tonight, but take tomorrow off.