If the Wizards take on the same disposition vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight that they've showed to their previous two opponents, they'll be concussed from the transition dunks from Russell Westbrook and three-pointers from Kevin Durant.
The Thunder (4-3) can be merciless when they're in the open court. The Wizards (3-3), on a two-game losing streak with 50 turnovers combined, have been too generous.
"We know one thing, he's coming," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said of Westbrook, who is averaging 26.3 points for sixth in the NBA and a career-high 10.9 assists which is No. 1. "He's coming. If you're not ready he's going to run it up your back. He only plays one way. He plays hard. That team plays hard."
It'll be a tough matchup for John Wall as Westbrook is one of the few point guards who can match up with him physically.
"You want to keep him in the half-court set as much as possible and live with him making contested jump shots," Wall said. "Kind of the same thing teams do to me."
Durant is second in scoring at 30.1 points to go with 6.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists. The Thunder average 113.3 points, second only to the Golden State Warriors.
Even with Durant missing 55 games last season with a broken foot, Westbrook led them to 45 wins as they just missed the postseason
"That's a team with Westbrook and Durant and they've got bigs that run that will turn turnovers into points quickly," Wittman said. "When Durant went out I thought he carried the team and almost led them to the playoffs. ... He does what he has to do for his team to win."
While the Thunder have a new coach in Billy Donovan and they play less isolation basketball than they did under Scott Brooks, when a game is on the line they revert to old habits.
"You get to late in the game, you're going to see high pick-and-roll with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook," Wall said. "Iso basketball. It's nothing different."
They key remains the Wizards' turnover-prone backcourt of Wall and Bradley Beal, who is questionable with a left shoulder contusion. They combined for 15 turnovers in 114-99 loss at the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. In a 118-98 loss at the Boston Celtics on Friday, they had 10.
Said Wall if they have a repeat performance vs. Oklahoma City: "It can get ugly pretty quickly."