Last night was awful. There's really nothing good you can take away from a game where someone hits nine three pointers against you in the first half. That said, the Washington Wizards have an excellent chance to get their mojo back as they face the worst team in the NBA, the Charlotte Bobcats.
Where and when? Tip-off is at 8 pm at the Verizon Center.
Who's out? Bradley Beal is still day to day for the Wizards. Ramon Sessions is out for the Bobcats, while Byron Mullens is day to day.
Are they good? Nope. Charlotte has won six fewer games than Washington, putting them at 13-49 on the year. Worse yet, they have the point differential of an 11 win team and are playing without their most skilled offensive player.
Why should I care? Because if you read this blog you like seeing the Wizards win. Tonight they have as good a chance at a win as they will all year.
What are they good at? Not much. Charlotte has the NBA's second worst offense, worst defense and only three players with a PER above the league average. The one area where they've had some success is getting to the line without turning the ball over. The Bobcats boast the NBA's sixth best free throw attempt to turnover ratio and fifth best turnover ratio, a testament to the ball handling ability of players like Sessions, Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
What are they bad at? Just about everything, and defensive rebounding in particular. Charlotte pulls down only 70% of all defensive rebounds, the worst rate in the league and an unacceptable number for a team with so much size and athleticism in the frontcourt.
Who's worth paying attention to? Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Bismack Biyombo. Neither player is much of a scorer at this point (although MKG will eventually be decent), but both are capable of some jaw-dropping dunks and defensive plays. Biyombo is blocking 2.6 shots per 36 minutes, while Kidd-Gilchrist is swatting "only" 1.4. It's a safe bet that they're going to make life very difficult for Wall when he drives to score.
Will Kemba Walker hit 12 threes? Let's hope not.
Where can I read more about the Charlotte Bobcats? Check out Rufus On Fire.