By Dave Johnson
The Washington Wizards have a chance at their first winning west coast trip since December of 2006 when they posted a 3-1 record. It has been a wild ride so far, and below is an audio recap of our journey.
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Utah Jazz (22-19)
- Have won three in a row and 7 of their last 9 games, but not a very difficult schedule except for beating Miami on Monday.
- 3rd in Northwest Division. 10 GB of 1st Oklahoma City, 2 GB of 2nd Denver.
- Recently moved up to 7th in the Western Conference and only 2.5 GB of 5th place.
- 11th PPG (98.7), 14th RPG (42.4), 7th APG (23.0), 18th Points Allowed (98.6)
- Center Al Jefferson leads team in points (17.3) and rebounds (9.8). He has greatly improved his outside shooting and passing this season.
- Starting PG Mo Williams is currently out of the lineup as he recovers from surgery on his right thumb. (Surgery Jan 5th, out for approx. 6 weeks)
- Replacement starting PG Jamaal Tinsley has actually faired better than Mo Williams (107.6 OffRtg vs. 99.0)
- Since Jamall Tinsley was put into the starting lineup, Randy Foye has shot 47% overall and 50 % from 3-point range with Tinsley on the floor.
- Many rumors circultating over a possible trade of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap who are both free agents at the end of the year. A trade of either player would likely open up a starting role for Derrick Favors.
- Head Coach Tyrone Corbin in his first season as coach has to deal with the team’s conflicting interests of competing for a playoff spot, versus dealing players (Jefferson/Millsap) and rebuilding through the development of players like Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter.
- Deep bench (Derrick Favors, Earl Watson, Gordon Hayward, Enes Kanter, DeMarre Carroll)
- Utah Bench: 11th in Mins (19.3), 11th in PPG (36.7), 6th in RPG (17.0), 3rd in APG (9.1)
- Utah won last meeting against Washington 83-76 at Verizon. Utah outrebounded the Wizards 60-44 that evening