The Washington Wizards are back from their tough West Coast road trip after going through some rough poundings in L.A. but also showing some nice sparks in Phoenix. Now, at home, is their chance to regroup after losing to the Magic with a shorthanded squad.
When: Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Ian Mahinmi (Achilles, Out), C.J. Miles (Wrist, Out), Thomas Bryant (Foot, Out), Garrison Matthews (Day-to-Day), Moritz Wagner (Day-to-Day)
76ers: Trey Burke (Day-to-Day), Josh Richardson (Hamstring, Out).
Tough schedule continues, and injuries accumulate — In just one week, the Wizards will face three of the cream of the crop of the league: Lakers, Clippers, and now the 76ers. And it doesn’t help that the injuries are starting to pile up: Thomas Bryant is now out for at least 3 weeks with a foot strain, Mo Wagner is questionable with an ankle sprain. So the center position is really a problem.
Mike Scott comes back to D.C. — Even though Mike Scott spent only one year in D.C., boy was it a memorable one! The man was the literal definition of a microwave shooter, coming off the bench and making tough contested mid-rangers and three-pointers with his eyes shut.
The 2017-2018 season was absolutely a career year for Mike Scott who made 52.7 percent of his field goals, which is excellent, but not amazing if you consider that centers who dunk a lot have higher percentages; but consider this: among players who attempted at least one three pointer per game Mike Scott was no. 8 in the whole league in FG%. Other names in the top 8 included LeBron, Giannis, AD, KAT... By the way Tomas Satoransky was close behind at no. 10 with 52.3 percent. After that year, Mike Scott finally got a pay raise and has stabilized himself as a key contributor in playoff teams. By the way, he never since had anywhere near that accuracy stabilizing in recent years around 40 percent (partly due to the fact that he now has less mid-rangers in his diet). After all, John Wall does get shooters paid....
Whoever plays center for the Wizards will have a tough match up — Embiid and Al Horford, pick your poison...
Just about two years ago, and in Philadelphia (!), Scott Brooks nearly got the Wizards back from a 19 point deficit in the fourth quarter by sending Ben Simmons to the line for an NBA record 24 times in one quarter! It nearly worked as the Wiz pulled back to within 113-110 in the final minute...