Sunday January 16, 2011 2:08 p.m.
By Frank Hanrahan
After beating a team they should in Toronto 98-95 on Saturday night, the Wizards host a very good Utah Jazz team on Monday afternoon giving the Wizards a prime chance to beat a team with a .500 or better record, something Washington has not done all season. We all know that the Wizards road record is an embarrassing 0-19, but lately they have carved out a respectable home record, (11-8 at Verizon Center) unable though to beat a quality opponent.
Enter Utah, who boasts a 27-13 record and an impressive 12-6 road mark led by point guard Deron Williams who averages 22 points a game and almost 10 assists per. They have a great team. They share the ball and they have D-Will," Wizards forward Al Thornton said.
Wizards coach Flip Saunders has talked about the evolution of becoming a better team and one of the elements is to start beating good teams at home. After coming ever so close against Miami last month, the Wizards have fallen to solid teams like Chicago and New Orleans at Verizon Center.
After edging the Raptors, the Wizards have won three in a row at home and have a chance to actually win back to back games for the first time all season against the Jazz. "Afternoon games are always an experience when you haven't done them much," Saunders said about the rare matinee on Monday. "When I was in Detroit we did it a lot because we were on TV in Sunday afternoon games and in the playoffs if you were the main team you were playing every Sunday so you get used to it."
Now, if the Wizards could just get used to actually putting a winning streak together.