The Golden State Warriors (26-33) continue their longest road trip of the year as they head to the nation’s capital this afternoon to play the Washington Wizards (15-44) at the Verizon Center. The W’s face the Wiz on the second day off a back-to-back, fresh off a loss to the Indiana Pacers 109-100. Golden State is looking to stop the bleeding of their recent four game losing streak and Washington is as good of a spot as any to do so.
With only 15 wins on the season, the Wizards are are a team that the Warriors should beat. But with a 6 game losing streak of their own and 14 of their 15 wins this season coming at home, the Wizards are going to be a dangerous bunch on their own floor this afternoon. Both teams are trying to use their personal pride to get a win, which usually means a hard fought game on both sides of the ball.
Should be quite the electric matchup at point guard today as Monta Ellis will face off with the Wizards rookie sensation John Wall. Wall is currently averaging 15.4 PPG and 9 APG but will have a fleet footed counterpart in Monta Ellis, who has been scoring much less than his 24.7 PPG as of late. Monta will looking to score and to shake the cobwebs off against Wall this afternoon.
Washington Wizards Head Coach Flip Saunders will miss today’s game to be with his ailing mother in Ohio, with Assistant Coach Randy Whitman taking the reigns for today’s game against the Warriors.
Tip-off is at 4:00 PT and will be televised on CSN Bay Area and broadcast on KNBR 1050.