The last time the Washington Wizards faced the San Antonio Spurs, the Washington Wizards beat the San Antonio Spurs. The rematch takes place Wednesday night at Verizon Center. Here's what happened in the previous game and what the past may tell us about the next meeting...
- Actually, here's what happened before the Jan. 13 meeting at Verizon Center. The Spurs arrived in Chinatown with a 17-game winning streak in the series dating back to 2005. That's why this win counted for a bit more than just a "win" even if the people who run the NBA standings disagree.
- As for the game -- which came right after a 31-point loss against the Hawks -- John Wall paced five double-digit scorers with 25 points. Wall didn't score in the final period, though he finished with a game-high eight assists and matched Bradley Beal with two blocks. Beal and Paul Pierce each scored 13 points while Kris Humphries had 10 points and eight rebounds. Defensively, Washington rocked in the fourth and overall held San Antonio to 39.6 percent shooting from the field while nearing sink half of its own shots (49.3%). But in the pivotal fourth quarter, the real hero was...
- Kevin Seraphin. Yes, Kevin Seraphin. Facing French national teammates Tony Parker and Boris Diaw, the big man scored 11 of his 17 points, grabbed five of his eight rebounds and had a key block during the fourth quarter. Anyway, Seraphin now plays for the Knicks, meaning the hero role is available.
- Parker led the Spurs with 14 points followed by Patty Mills with 12 and Tim Duncan 11. Worth noting Kawhi Leonard did not play in this game. Obviously, neither did LaMarcus Aldridge, signed by San Antonio this summer. Both forwards will be forces in Wednesday's rematch. They are combining for 37.3 points and 14.3 rebounds this season.
- This was definitely not a small-ball kind of win as the Wizards took only 12 3-pointers. Yet they made six compared to the Spurs shooting 9 of 29 from distance. This season, Washington has attempted at least 21 in all three games. However, the Wizards are only middle of the pack (16th) in 3's attempted per game (23.7). The Spurs are taking only 17.3, ranking 27th overall.
- In addition to contributions from Seraphin and Humphries, Marcin Gortat and Nene each grabbed at least 10 rebounds on that January night. Washington is eking out a rebounding edge over opponents through three games while the Spurs are plus 4.2 on the boards.
- Considering the Spurs' size up front with Duncan and Aldridge, the Wizards may end up using more two-big man combinations in this game or at least it won't hurt them. Aldridge hasn't made a 3-pointer this season and at 6-foot-11, he's probably a bit too tall for Jared Dudley.
- San Antonio may have struggled shooting from the field in January, but so far this season, ranking fourth in field goal percentage (46.9). The Wizards (43.8) are currently tied for 14th.
- Otto Porter was given the night off in the previous game. The small forward's perimeter shot has been off through three games, missing 10 of 12 attempts from beyond the arc. If the Spurs game plan around stopping Wall and Beal, the ball will end up with Porter likely in good shooting spots.