Wizards vs. Nuggets preview: JaVale McGee returns to D.C. for first time to face old teammates

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

A day after the Wizards traded Jordan Crawford to Boston at the trade deadline, the Wizards welcome back McGee, who was dealt at last year's deadline.

One day after trading Jordan Crawford, the Washington Wizards will get to see one of their former "problem players" in JaVale McGee. The Denver Nuggets are in town, and here's your game preview.

Where, When, and What Channel: The game will start at 7 p.m. at the Verizon Center. You can watch it on Comcast SportsNet.

What happened the last time they played: John Wall sealed a shocking win by blocking Ty Lawson's shot at the end of the game to give the Wizards a 112-108 victory in Denver.

What happened to Denver after that loss: After falling at home, the Nuggets rattled off nine straight, including an overtime win over Oklahoma City to get the ball rolling. The streak finally ended in Boston where they lost in triple-overtime on the second night of a back to back on the road. Tired legs from those games hurt the Nuggets as they would go on to lose the next two on the road before the break. They started the second half of the season on the right foot, however, getting revenge against Boston with a 97-90 win at home.

What might surprise you about JaVale McGee: Here are some fun facts to discuss with your friends while watching tonight's game:

  • Did you know JaVale McGee started more games his rookie year (14) than he has so far this season (0).
  • Did you know JaVale McGee has a higher PER than Chris Bosh, DeMarcus Cousins and Stephen Curry this season?
  • Did you know McGee is one of only eight players averaging over 18.5 points and 9 rebounds per 36 minutes? The other seven: Kevin Love, Tim Duncan, Blake Griffin, Al Jefferson, DeMarcus Cousins, Chris Kaman and...Andray Blatche.
  • Did you know that Nene, plantar fasciitis and all, is averaging more minutes per game this year than McGee?
That last fact is pretty stunning, isn't it? Either McGee is getting squeezed in George Karl's rotation, or there's something he's doing that isn't reflected in those numbers. We're leaning the latter.

Where can I read more about the Nuggets? Check out Denver Stiffs.
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