On the second night of a back-to-back, the Wizards (7-23) traveled to Los Angeles to face the Clippers. After competing and playing hard for three quarters and into the fourth, the wheels began to come off and the Wizards ending up losing 102 to 84.
On to the “Bullets Points”. . .
- The former Wizards killed Washington tonight. Caron Butler got off to a hot start scoring 11 of his 21 points in the first quarter, and he made four 3-pointers for the game. The other former Wizard, Randy Foye, scored all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter and his sharp shooting from outside helped the Clippers extend their fourth quarter advantage.
- What a difference a night and city makes. Last night in Portland Nick Young was on fire, and Jordan Crawford was excellent as well. Tonight they both came crashing back to reality. Nick Young didn’t hit a shot from the field until midway through the third quarter and finished 5/18 from the field and had two turnovers and three fouls.
- Jordan Crawford started off the game where he left off last night, but ended up shooting 5 for 15 and two for eight on 3-point attempts, finishing with 12 points. He had a -17 and had three turnovers — one of them being a complete throw-away in the general vicinity of John Wall, who was not even looking for the pass.
- After not playing at Portland and not playing until the final minutes at Detroit, Kevin Seraphin got first quarter playing time. He went two for three — but the one miss was an easy layup that he managed to miss. In other news he had four fouls in nine minutes.
- Speaking of foul trouble, Jan Vesely was in it once again. He played 15 minutes and had five fouls. He made his only shot from the field — a dunk assisted by Nick Young — and had three rebounds.
- Trevor Booker also had five fouls on the night, but in 28 minutes. When he was on the court he did a good job matching up with Blake Griffin. However, unfortunately for Trevor — and the Wizards — Blake Griffin whined and complained his way into numerous foul calls.
- In Portland the Wizards shot 60% from 3-point range. Compared to shooting 39.5% in Los Angeles.
- JaVale McGee hustled and continued his improved play — making it four straight productive games. We all heard about his new asthma medication he got, and so far it appears to be helping.
- John Wall was a bit up and down, but still effective. He finished with 18 points, 12 assists, 6 rebounds, a steal, and a block. He made two jumpers, but finished 4/13 from the field, turned the ball over five times, and posted the worst +/- of the night with a minus-23. With all that being said, he was easily the best player on the court wearing a Wizards jersey, and no one should classify this as a bad game for Wall. This was another good game — in a string of them — from John.
- Rashard Lewis continued his useless play. In 17 minutes he was 0 for 3 from the field. At least he didn’t turn the ball over tonight, so he has that going for him.
- The struggles continued for Chris Singleton. He — like Rashard Lewis — didn’t make a shot from the field and missed a number of long-range jumpers. He’s clearly been going through a rookie slump recently, and ideally he’d be coming off the bench. Unfortunately there’s no one else to start in his place. You want to start Rashard Lewis? We’ve been down that road. Start Mo Evans? He didn’t even play tonight. Start Jan Vesely? Not happening. For the time being he’ll have to find his way out of this slump in the starting line-up.
- We saw that Randy Wittman’s teeth are the same shade as popcorn.
- Box Score
The Wizards continue their road trip Friday night in Salt Lake City to take on the Jazz.
P.S. – For Ted Leonsis, I submitted and posted this summary at 2:23 on Thursday morning.