After a quick trip down to Miami last Friday, Washington heads home looking to get back in the win column against the **checks notes** oh boy, Los Angeles Clippers.
When: Sunday Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. ET
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Thomas Bryant (Foot, Out), C.J. Miles (Wrist, Out), Ian Mahinmi (Achilles, Day-to-Day), Jordan McRae (Hand, Out), Isaiah Thomas (Calf, Day-to-Day)
Clippers: JaMychal Green (Back, Day-to-Day), Amir Coffey (Ankle, Out), Patrick Patterson (Back, Game Time Decision), Landry Shamet (Ankle, Day-to-Day), Rodney McGruder (Hamstring, Day-to-Day)
Washington must control the pace
Just a week ago, the Clippers hung 150 points on the Wizards in regulation. A combination of a fast paced game coupled with Washington not playing an ounce of defense allowed Los Angeles to put up historic numbers without even playing that great of a game.
Meanwhile, in the Wizards’ last two contents, the pace was much slower against two grind-it-out teams in the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat. Washington has held their last two opponents to 112 and 113 points respectively. If Washington wants to put themselves in a position to win this game, they’ll have to hold the Clippers to under 120 points.
If this game is played in the 130s, 140s, or even 150s, Washington wont have a chance as they simply don’t have the horses to keep up with the well-oiled machine that is the Los Angeles Clippers. However, if Washington can slow things down and dictate the pace, that’ll give them a fighter’s chance against one of the league’s elite teams.