PHILADELPHIA — The Wizards (2-14) face the Philadelphia 76ers (11-5) on Monday night, and the 76ers have flat-out owned the Wizards this season.
The Wizards suffered their worst loss of the season on Fri, Jan 13, 120-89 at the hands of the 76ers. The following day at Verizon Center, it was another loss, 103-90.
The 76ers also made quick work of the Wizards in the two pre-season games, making it a clean sweep for the 2011-12 season.
But if the Wizards can hang their hats on anything, it’s that they are starting to play better as a team, and the one-on-one selfish play that plagued this team early on is starting to fade.
“I feel they’re learning,” Wizards coach Flip Saunders said.
“I think they’re learning, and they’re saying they’re right there to win. I think they’re frustrated. We talked about getting Philly because they’ve already beaten us a few times. We’re playing better.”
John Wall is looking forward to facing the 76ers again, just to prove the Wizards won’t be run off the court this time.
“The way we’re playing now, we can make it a good game [against the 76ers]. They’re athletic and they got a deep bench. We just really got to play hard and give ourselves a chance; just play hard and give ourselves a chance in the fourth quarter.”
Wall will be matched up against Jrue Holiday, who averaged 14.6 pints, 3.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists. Wall tops him across the board, with 16.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 7.4 assists.
Other matchups to watch will be how Wizards starting forwards Andray Blatche and Chris Singleton handle former All-Star Elton Brand, and Andre Iguodala.