Well that was interesting. At halftime the Wizards only trailed by five points, fast forward to just over eight minutes remaining in the third quarter and the Wizards held a one point lead after a thunderous Trevor Booker dunk. Then the wheels came off, the bus rolled down the hill, crashed in a canyon, and the bus went up in flames. The final score was 104 to 88 in the loss to the Suns — the Wizards’ 25th of the season.
Now onto the Bullets Points:
- My player of the game was Trevor Booker. He struggled in the massacre in the paint Friday night at Utah, but bounced back nicely tonight with 16 points (7/12 shooting) and 8 rebounds. And it was Booker’s dunk that put the Wizards up by one with 8:13 left in the third quarter.
- After that dunk and Phoenix timeout the Suns went on a 16-0 run. That run was finally ended by an “and 1″ by Trevor Booker.
- The Wizards — eight minutes after leading — trailed by 24 at the end of the third quarter.
- Channing Frye caught fire for the Suns in the first quarter with ten points.
- John Wall got off to a great start and “triple-double watch” was commenced when he had 6 points, 4 assists, and five rebounds in his first 13 minutes. However, his teammates helped play a large role in stopping any potential John Wall triple-double tonight. John finished with 10 points (4/11 shooting), 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and four turnovers in 31 minutes.
- Both rookie first round picks struggled. For Chris Singleton that’s nothing new, and I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a player more in need of the All-Star break than him. Meanwhile, Jan Vesely’s foul troubles continued with four fouls in only 11 minutes of playing time.
- Nick continued his struggles with his 6 point performance on 3 of 13 shooting from the field, and he was locked down by the ageless Grant Hill.
- On the bright side, Nick had more assists (1) than three-pointers made (0).
- In the three games since the win in Portland, Nick Young has been abysmal. He’s shot 12 of 43 from the field and has only three assists.
- Nick continues to struggle, but Jordan Crawford carried over his efficient play from Salt Lake City. Tonight he scored 20 points on 7 of 10 from the field, and in the last two games he is 14 of 24 shooting and has 41 points.
- JaVale McGee’s night was very JaVale McGee-like. He got off to a great start that included a couple big blocks, he showcased some up-and-under post moves we haven’t seen before, and he made a fifteen foot jump shot — albeit ill-advised. The third quarter halted all that positive momentum though. He then began to showcase “bad JaVale”. This included losing Marcin Gortat on the pick-and-roll numerous times, a charge, and a wild fifteen foot hook shot, as well as a shot to the “kahunas” — as Nick Young would say.
- Wizards’ team president Ernie Grunfeld was seated next to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer at the game tonight.
- Kevin Seraphin got some playing time and did a decent job. In 16 minutes he had 5 points (2/3 shooting), 4 rebounds, and two nice blocks.
- Roger Mason got some extended playing time with 22 minutes. He knocked down two 3-pointers to start the fourth quarter. On the flip side his defense proved to be mythical against Grant Hill and Michael Redd.
- Rashard Lewis continues to find new ways to be terrible. Of course there were some of the usual things; he missed five of his six shot attempts, missing all three of his 3-point attempts, but tonight he also managed to kill a fast break. That possession ended up in a missed John Wall jumper instead.
- The officiating was down right terrible tonight. And once again, John Wall couldn’t get a call.
- This was the Wizards’ tenth straight loss to the Phoenix Suns.
- Here’s tonight’s box score
Now the Wizards (7-25) head back home after this five game road trip for a game against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
See you all then.