Here to provide the DC Council Opening Statements for Washington’s sixth game of the season against the Bobcats in Charlotte are TAI’s Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It) and guest Spencer Percy (@QCsportscrave), who writes about the Bobcats for the TrueHoop blog Queen City Hoops. John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend) also drops in with a game prediction.
Wizards Starters (0-5):
A.J. Price, Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza, Trevor Booker, Emeka Okafor
Bobcats Starters (2-3):
Kemba Walker, Jeffery Taylor, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Byron Mullens, Brendan Haywood
Q #1: What have you done for me lately?
(What’s the status of the Bobcats over the past week?)
@QCsportscrave: The Bobcats have done a lot for their fan base lately. As in, they have already won two games this season and have a chance to get to .500 tonight. So, Bobcats fans sort of still think they’re in a dream.
Q #2: Who threw out my alarm clock?
(Which player(s) are we sleeping on?)
@QCsportscrave: Brendan Haywood. The numbers don’t jump off the page at you and his PER (7.74) is pretty ugly, but he’s been something for the Bobcats that they haven’t had in quite awhile—a true center. Haywood is averaging 8.3 PPG and 8.5 RPG; I’d say that’s worth roughly the $2 million he’s owed this season.
Q #3: What game-within-the-game counts most?
(What matchup between two players or between each team in a particular statistical category is most important.)
@QCsportscrave: Considering the Wizards turn the ball over 26.1 percent of the time, I’d say this category will be the most important for both teams tonight. If the Bobcats are able to create turnovers and play at a quick pace as they like, it will play in their favor. Especially at home.
Q #4: How it’s going down?
(TAI’s general key to the game.)
@Truth_About_It: Not only do the Wizards averaged a league-worst 14.6 free throw attempts per game, but they also average a league-worst 20.6 field goal attempts per game from within five feet. Certainly there’s an obvious correlation here. After the Pacers game, Randy Wittman said he “didn’t understand the respect thing” when it comes to getting to the line (Washington shot 5-for-7 against Indiana). The Wizards need to do their part to earn respect, and it and it will be evident if they pull it off.
The Bobcats are favored by 1.5 points and the over/under is 189.5 points (via USA Today).
@QCsportscrave: I’m going to take the Bobcats tonight at home. The excitement of even entertaining the thought of being .500 is overwhelming me and I can’t think of the last night we were actually the favorite to win a game. Give me the ‘Cats, 105-100.
@Truth_About_It: After watching the end of the Bobcats-Mavericks game on Wednesday, one in which the Bobcats won in overtime after being down eight points with less than five minutes less in regulation, I fear the odds of Washington getting their first ‘W’ are stacked against them. Not to say that this game between NBA bottom-feeders can’t go either way, but I just don’t think many of the individual matchups will favor Washington—Haywood-Okafor is probably a wash; Booker will have a lot of trouble with the much taller (and able to shoot from 3-point range) Byron Mullens; MKG might very well consume Trevor Ariza; and whatever Wizards backcourt combo will have trouble with Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions when they are on the court together. Charlotte in a squeaker, 99-98 (which, if right, would make Washington 4-2 against the spread this season).
@JohnCTownsend: All the numbers seem to predict a Bobcats win at home in Charlotte tonight, but they haven’t won two straight games in almost a year and a half, so I’m going to trust my gut and pick the upset. (Just had Taco Bell, FWIW.) Rookie Bradley Beal will be a bigger part of the gameplan—as both scorer and facilitator—and the Wiz will look less like the frantic fourth-quarter bunch we’ve seen through fives games. Washington gets its first win of the season, 94-91.
Question posed to Twitter:
— Zach Barrix (@nyjetsfanZB) November 13, 2012
— dc_fusion (@dc_fusion) November 13, 2012
@dc_fusion If Kemba scores under 20, the Wizards will win. He’s the catalyst for that team. Gotta keep him in check.
— Andrew Forrest (@Andrew_Forrest1) November 13, 2012
@andrew_forrest1 im actually more worried about BJ Mullens
— dc_fusion (@dc_fusion) November 13, 2012
— B. Mendoza (@mrbmendoza15) November 13, 2012
— Azhar Shamsudeen (@azhartheczar) November 13, 2012