The 6-4 Wizards face a Pacers squad Tuesday night led by a rejuvenated Paul George. This will be the first of four games in five nights for the Washington Wizards.
When: November 24 @ 7 PM EST.
Where: Verizon Center
TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic
Radio: 99.1 WNEW in the Washington area.
Alan Anderson and Martell Webster remain out for the Wizards, and Nene is questionable.
Nene participated in shootaround. He missed practice with a sore left calf yesterday.— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) November 24, 2015
C.J. Miles and George Hill are probable for the Pacers, and Myles Turner is out.
George Hill returns tonight vs #Wizards. Hill missed the last 3 games with an upper respiratory infection. Also, CJ Miles (ankle) will play— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) November 24, 2015
Three Things to Watch for:
Are Wall and Beal still one of the best backcourts in the NBA?
The answer is obvious, but the Wizards backcourt production is down. On Saturday, neither Bradley Beal nor John Wall scored in double-figures, and together combined for 15 points against the Detroit Pistons. Interestingly enough, Beal did not attempt a single three pointer in the Wizards win over the Pistons, but still ranks fourth in the NBA in three point percentage, making 47.1 percent beyond the arc.
John Wall got off to a quick start against the Pistons, scoring 6 points and 5 assists in the first quarter, however, Wall remained quite silent after that. If Bradley Beal and John Wall are going to continue to say to everyone who will listen that they are indeed the best backcourt in the NBA because they play both ends of the floor, then they should play both ends of the floor and combine for 40+ points like we're used to seeing them do on a nightly basis.
How valuable is the Wizards bench?
The high level of production from the Wizards bench has been the talk of town. Look at Nene go coast to coast. Dudley has indeed found his range from three again. Ramon Sessions is the unequivocal leader of the second unit. Garrett Temple has shown his value both as a backup for Bradley Beal.
After Saturday's win in Detroit, Wall said "We're a team. Any guy can lead us in scoring any night. And, tonight our bench held us down." The win in Detroit marked the second time this season Washington's reserves put up more than 50 points in a win. (The other coming in their road win against the Bucks in October.) Depending on the pace of the game, we could potentially see Wittman use the Bench Mob in early rotations against the Indiana Pacers.
Can the Wizards extend the win streak to four?
Indiana has had its way with the Wizards. The Pacers have beat the Wizards at home in four of the last five head-to-head matchups, including the 2014 Playoffs. The Wizards will need the starting lineup to set the tempo early and not disappear in the second half like they did in Detroit. The Pacers have won two straight, including a 37 point win over the Bucks on Saturday. This is another game that will tell us a lot about where the Wizards stand among the best in the Eastern Conference. If the starting unit struggles again like it did on Saturday, it could be a long night.
Storylines to Follow:
1. Wizards Rise to 12th in Rankings
2. How resilient are the Wizards? They are about to find out.
3. It's time: Why Jared Dudley Needs to Start?
4. Paul George is shining in new Pacers system