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Game 57: Washington Wizards at New Jersey Nets

Fresh off their West Coast trip, the Nets are back home. And much like the Trail Blazers, the Nets will be facing a team that's focusing on draft position (aka the Anthony Davis sweepstakes). The Wizards haven't been any good this year, but they have some nice pieces to build on, with John Wall, Nene and their 1st round draft pick (provided they don't screw it up). This is the last leg of the dreaded back-to-back-to-back for Washington, so they might be experiencing some fatigue.

how do these squads compare? Let's take a look:

Offensive Efficiency

Defensive Efficiency

Free Throw Rate

Turnover Rate

Offensive rebounding %

Effective FG%

Opponent eFG%

Washington

100.5 108 18.7 14.2 27 46.9 49.7

New Jersey

103.4 109.6 21.3 14.5 28.6 47.4 51.6

League Average

104.4 104.4 20.9 13.8 27 48.6 48.6

Since Nene's been around, the Wizards record haven't been any good. But to be fair, the Wizards haven't been any good since 2008. And why are they so bad? They commit a ton of fouls and are allow a ton of second chance opportunities.

The defense has been better of late for Jersey. And where has that improvement gotten the Nets in terms of defensive efficiency? They are now the second worst defense in the NBA, trailing only the Bobcats now. It's the small things you cling to in a season like this.

Last time I saw you. And the result

And before we jump into present affairs, let's jump all the way back to 1978. Here we see some clips of the then Bullets on their win to their first, and only NBA Championship.



Tip-off is at 7:30. We're jumping!

Point Guard: John Wall vs. Deron Williams

It's been a better season for Wall, but it hasn't been a particularly good one. He's cut down on his threes, but the turnovers are way too high. His midrange game is pretty nonexistent, as he's only shooting only 31% from 10-15 and 16-23 feet respectively. After a slow start to his career, do you give up on Wall and declare a bust? Hell no. But do you work on getting him some better teammates and hope that he continues to make incremental improvements in his game? Without a doubt.

Williams had a stomach virus so he missed the Portland game. He should be back for this game. At least he's done a good job passing the ball, so that's taken some of the sting off of his inefficient shooting. It's aggravating watching him miss shot after shot, but you live with it because at some point, he will revert back to the good shooter he had been in the past.

Advantage: Nets

Shooting Guard: Jordan Crawford vs. Marshon Brooks

Crawford isn't much of anything at this point, but he did have a pretty nice game shooting the ball against the Pacers. He had an efficient 28 points and drilled 5 three pointers.

Nothing's been going right for Brooks as of late. His shot hasn't been falling, his defense hasn't been all that spectacular, and his minutes are being given to Gerald Green & Morrow. maybe next year will bring better results for Brooks.

Advantage: Even

Small Forward: Chris Singleton vs. Gerald Wallace

Another rookie experiencing growing pains on this Wizards team. Singleton isn't any good now, but the 1st rounder has potential and the Wizards hope that he and his young teammates develop together so they have a solid, cheap core.

Plus/minus isn't a stat that's particularly reliable in a one game sample. But the +/- for Wallace in Portland? -38. Ouch. He certainly didn't help, as he was 3-12 with only 2 free throw attempts. He won't be facing a forward the caliber of Batum here, so he should have a much better game this time around.

Advantage: Nets

Power Forward: Jan Vesely vs. Kris Humphries

Vesely's had a decent season by rookie standards. He doesn't shoot much, but when he does it's mostly on the inside. The Wizards are slightly better defensively with him on the court, but it's still pretty bad (107 points per 100 possessioins with vs.110 per 100 without).

When Kris Humphries faces an elite power forward, he gets demolished. Luckily for him, Jan Vesely is not an elite power forward. Humphries should be able to do some work on the glass, as the Wizards are one of the worst rebounding teams in the league and because there will be a ton of missed shots in this game.

Advantage: Nets

Center: Kevin Seraphin vs. Johan Petro

Nene was starting, but he's out due to injury. In steps Seraphin, and he's done a good job. Last game vs. New Jersey, he had an efficient 12 points to go along with 2 blocks. He should be able to have a good game vs. the porous interior New Jersey defense.

I'm operating under the assumption that Shelden Williams won't be back for this game. So that means Petro will start, which makes the Wizards big men happy.

Advantage: Wizards

Bench:

Washington: Roger Mason, Brian Cook, Shelvin Mack, Cartier Martin

New Jersey: Gerald Green, Anthony Morrow, Jordan Williams, Sundiata Gaines, Jerry (Edit: Whoops!) Dennis Horner

Advantage: New Jersey

Miscellaneous:

Jordan Farmar's gone for the season. It's not a big loss so whatever I guess.

Any time you make a player "assistant GM," you're begging for trouble.

Baseball is back so maybe there'll be happiness for some of us going forward.

Any time you get dissed by a celebrity, you must be doing somethig right. Congratulations to Kris Humphries, I think.

We need to come up with a catchy phrase for teams tanking for Anthony Davis. The NFL had Suck For Luck, the NBA needs something as good.

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