The Washington Wizards finally took advantage of some strong
performances from two of their young players last time out. In
their next game, the Wizards might benefit from the absence of one
of Golden State’s young stars.
A foot injury has Stephen Curry’s status unknown for the
struggling Warriors’ visit to the Verizon Center on Monday
John Wall has averaged 22.3 points over Washington’s last eight
games, and Jordan Crawford has contributed 21.8 per game over that
same span while moving into the starting lineup.
The Wizards, though, earned their only victory in the first game
of that stretch before edging Cleveland 101-98 on Saturday.
Crawford led the way with 31 points, one shy of matching his career
high set against Sacramento on Feb. 22, and Wall chipped in 24
“We were on a six-game losing streak and we needed to end it.
Tonight happened to be the night. We did the things we needed to
do, we got stops and got rebounds,” said Crawford, who made a
career-high 13 field goals and matched another mark with five
Crawford and the Wizards (8-28) will next face a Golden State
team that’s lost its scoring touch as Curry has dealt with a
strained tendon in his right foot.
The point guard has played only three seconds during a 1-3
stretch, and his team has averaged 80.3 points on 37.9 percent
shooting in those four games. That’s far below its 99.2 point
average and 45.9 percent shooting over the first 30 contests this
The Warriors (14-20) were 29 of 80 from the field (36.3 percent)
and 4 of 19 from 3-point range in their worst scoring performance
of the season Sunday, an 83-75 loss in Toronto. David Lee (22
points, 12 rebounds) was one of only two players in double figures
for Golden State, which scored 11 points in the third quarter and
28 in the second half during the fifth of a season-high six
consecutive road games.
“It hurts really bad,” rookie swingman Klay Thompson said. “This
was a very winnable game, a team that we thought we were better
The Warriors have been better than the Wizards lately, having
won the past two matchups and six of the last nine. While they’ve
averaged 113.3 points over those nine meetings, their defense
hasn’t provided much help by giving up 113.1 per game.
Golden State has allowed at least 98 points in each of the last
12 matchups and an average of 114.2.
Washington, though, enters this first meeting of the season
scoring 92.9 points per game – 4.4 fewer than last season.
The Wizards are seeking their fifth win in seven home meetings
but might need to do a better job containing Monta Ellis. Golden
State’s leading scorer averaged 29.0 points on 52.3 percent
shooting against Washington last season and 27.5 over his last four
The Wizards, meanwhile, could benefit from Andray Blatche’s
return from a strained left calf. He’s averaged 19.2 points against
Golden State since the beginning of the 2008-09 season for his best
mark against any opponent over that span.