12th in expected winning percentage (.533)
27th in pace (90.7 possessions per game)
24th in offensive efficiency/offensive rating (103.8 points/100 possessions)
5th in defensive efficiency/defensive rating (102.9 points allowed/100 possessions)
|Tonight's Projected Starters|
|Wizards||vs.|| Bobcats |
|Randy Foye||PG||Raymond Felton|
|Mike Miller||SG||Stephen Jackson|
|Caron Butler||SF||Gerald Wallace|
|Antawn Jamison||PF||Boris Diaw|
|Brendan Haywood||C||Nazr Mohammad|
Charlotte is a great defensive team and a terrible, yet pesky offensive team. In other words, they win by out-efforting you. Those types of teams tend to beat the Wizards every time. Throw in the fact that the WIzards haven't been home because of the snow and the fact that it's the last game before the all-star break -- which, trust me, the Wizards, more than ever, need because of all they've gone through -- and there's major letdown game potential tonight.
Then again, Charlotte just lost to a Chris Paul-less New Orleans team on Saturday, so they're kind of limping to the break as well.
Tyson Chandler's coming back for Charlotte, though I doubt he starts. Nazr Mohammad's doing just fine, and John Hollinger, for one, has him on his all-underrated storylines team (wait, that sentence made no sense). There's also a rumor going around that Charlotte's closing in on a trade that would send D.J. Augustin to Boston for Glen Davis, which makes sense because Boston needs a point guard and Charlotte needs a power forward. Finally, Gerald Wallace is in the dunk contest. That's what you need to know about Charlotte.