Hawks, Wizards square off in D.C.
(Sports Network) – The Washington Wizards will try and stop a four-game losing
streak tonight when they resume their homestand against the division-rival
Atlanta Hawks at the Verizon Center.
Washington, which owns a 3 1/2-game lead over Miami in the Southeast
standings, opened a four-game homestand with a 92-83 loss to the Heat on
DeShawn Stevenson recorded 19 points for Washington, which is 21-8 as the host
this season. Gilbert Arenas posted 15 points for the Wizards, who were again
without Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison due to injury. However, Butler (back)
and Jamison (knee) are each listed as probable for the game, meaning both
could return to the lineup tonight.
Butler, who played in his first NBA All-Star Game this season, is averaging
20.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 53 games, while Jamison has
registered 19.3 points and 7.9 boards in 44 contests.
The Wizards will also welcome Golden State and Toronto to the Verizon Center
on the homestand.
Meanwhile, Atlanta has lost three straight and five of its last six games, and
will wrap up a three-game road trip at Washington. On Wednesday the Hawks
suffered a 107-100 loss to the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets at the Ford
Joe Johnson posted 27 points and eight assists for the Hawks, who fell to
12-19 away from Philips Arena this season. Josh Smith notched 17 points, nine
assists and nine rebounds, while Anthony Johnson netted 13 points. Marvin
Williams added 12 points and eight boards in a losing effort.
Hawks guard Tyronn Lue (hamstring) is questionable for Friday’s game.
Atlanta is 10 games behind the Wizards in the Southeast standings, and lost
the first matchup against them this season. Washington recorded a 96-95
victory on November 28 at the Verizon Center.
Both teams will meet again on March 7 and April 13 at Philips Arena.
The Hawks have lost six straight and 10 of their last 12 trips to D.C.