The Washington Wizards will host the division-rival Charlotte Hornets tonight in an attempt to put everything behind them and get back to their winning ways. After losing four out of the last six games, a win tonight against the 20-27 Hornets would go a long way for Washington.
Although they have a different name, this Charlotte Hornets team is the same as the Bobcats from last year just with different nickname. They still have the talented youngster Kemba Walker, who has lead this Charlotte team here in 2015.
The fourth-year point guard out of Uconn is averaging a team-high 18.8 points and 5.5 assist per game this season while posing as the undoubted leader of this club. However, they do have some other players that have been pretty large contributors for them this year. Starting center Al Jefferson has been a forced down low for them.
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The 11-year veteran is averaging 17.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game here in his second year in Charlotte. He was a huge factor in their postseason run last season, and looks to lead Charlotte back to the promise land. Although 20-27 doesn’t sound like such a great record, it is good enough for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
With the talent that this team contains of, they are more than capable of making a postseason appearance for thier second year in a row.
As for Washington, they will be faced with somewhat of a tough challenge tonight. Not only will they be going up against a talented Hornets team, but they play in the same division and always seem to have trouble with them. With that being said, a win tonight would go a long way for the Wizards as I stated before hand.
It’s always entertaining to see Kemba Walker and John Wall go head-to-head with each other, as they have been included in some fun matchups with one another over the past few seaons. I have said this for a few years now and I will continue to say it: Kemba Walker is one of the most underrated players in the NBA.
His passing could use some improvement, but he has no shortage of scoring abilities both from short-rage and long-range. We shall see who comes out on top in this battle tonight in the Verizon Center.