This is an NBA truth: Most bench players perform better at home than on the road, which is why the Wizards, who have been outplayed statistically in the first two games with the Chicago Bulls, could be due. Friday's game is at Verizon Center, the first postseason game there in six years.
Trevor Booker, Martell Webster and Andre Miller were significant contributors in Tuesday's Game 2 victory. They shot 10-for-15 for 27 points. Al Harrington and Drew Gooden have received spot minutes in the first two games of the series and have yet to make an impact, but could.
For the season, this is the difference between the Wizards' reserves playing at home vs. away:
Booker: Home, 56.4% FG; 70.3% FT; 5.5 rebounds; 7.0 points
Away, 54% FG; 53.8% FT; 5.1 rebounds; 6.7 points
Miller: Home, 49.5% FG; 66.7% 3FG; 79.5% FT; 5.1 points
Away, 42.9% FG; 33.3% 3FG; 76.3% FT; 4.7 points
Harrington: Home, 45.7% FG; 39.1% 3FG; 90.9% FT; 7.6 points
Away, 34.5% FG; 29.6% 3FG; 70.8% FT; 5.8 points
Gooden: Home, 53.4% FG; 50% 3FG; 6.4 points (plus-minus ratio, +1.4)
Away, 52.9% FG; 36.4% 3FG; 10.6 points (4.4)
Webster is the exception because he's slightly better when he's away. He shoots the same percentage from the field at 43%, is slightly better from three-point range, 40% vs. 38.6% and produces the same points at just less than 10 per game. Where he's significantly better at home, however, is at the foul line, 89% vs. 80.3%.
Given the output D.J. Augustin and Taj Gibson has given Chicago in the first two games, 28 and 47 points, they'll have to offset that as a unit. There aren't any significant dips in performance or accuracy for this duo when they're on the road. Augustin scores slightly more (14.1 vs. 12.2) and Gibson is a better foul shooter (80.4% vs. 69.6%).