Despite both teams’ overall play this season, the Washington
Wizards and New Orleans Hornets probably feel good about facing
each other with the hopes of ending their respective current rough
The Wizards look to avoid a seventh consecutive road defeat and
hand the Hornets a fourth straight home loss Thursday night in a
matchup of two of the NBA’s worst teams.
While only Charlotte has fewer victories than Washington (9-32)
in the Eastern Conference, New Orleans (10-33) owns the worst
record in the West. The teams are a combined 4-10 in March and
between them have dropped five in a row overall.
New Orleans has won two in a row and five of six against
Washington, including three straight at home. The Hornets, however,
are 4-18 on their home floor where they have dropped three in a
row. They blew a 17-point lead in a 107-101 overtime loss to the
Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.
Jarrett Jack scored 30 points on 13-of-21 shooting and Chris
Kaman added 21 with 12 rebounds but the Hornets still found a way
to lose despite shooting 51.8 percent and forcing 19 turnovers.
“The losses just drive you nuts,” coach Monty Williams’ told the
Hornets’ official website. “I was listening to somebody talking
about winning. It’s good, but it’s not as bad as losing. The losing
just makes you over-analyze at times or makes you really emotional.
Where winning, it’s almost the same every time.”
Jack and Kaman have been the only real bright spots for New
Orleans in 2011-12. The only Hornet to score 30 points this season,
Jack is averaging a career-high 15.3 points. Kaman, meanwhile, has
averaged 16.4 points and 9.7 rebounds in the last 16 contests.
Kaman is averaging 20.8 points in his last five games versus
While the Hornets believe they have a good chance to bounce back
Thursday, the Wizards might feel confident they can snap their
six-game road skid against a team struggling at home.
Trevor Booker had 20 points with 12 rebounds and John Wall added
18 with 10 assists as the Wizards remained competitive but allowed
Dallas to shoot 50.6 percent in a 107-98 road loss Tuesday.
“We competed,” Wall said. “We just gave up too many easy
baskets. We’ve got to figure out how to close.”
Already one of the NBA’s worst defensive teams giving up 102.3
points per contest, Washington has allowed an average of 110.0 on
50.0 percent shooting while losing four of five overall.
Despite another poor defensive effort leading to a third
consecutive defeat overall, Wizards coach Randy Wittman has plenty
of faith in his club.
“We’ve just got to keep fighting like that, and keep improving,”
Wittman told the Wizards’ official website. “Making steps in the
improvement defensively we need to make.”
Wall is averaging a team-leading 17.3 points in his second NBA
season, but he was held to a combined 16 on 6-of-20 shooting in
Washington’s two losses to New Orleans in 2010-11.