Wizards Leap, And Fall Short

The Wizards returned home for their first home game since the All-Star break  tonight with a “Leap Day” match-up vs. the Orlando Magic. Unfortunately the Wizards weren’t able to successfully come back, and lost 102 to 95.

Now let’s get on to the game summary with the Bullets Points:

  • A big step in the right direction towards accountability was taken by Randy Wittman when he benched Nick Young and JaVale McGee tonight in favor of Jordan Crawford and Kevin Seraphin.
  • It was another slow start for the Wizards tonight. They got down by double digits almost immediately. And it wasn’t until a strong push towards the end of the first quarter that allowed the Wizards to cut the Magic lead back to single digits. Orlando ended up leading 27 to 18 after the first quarter.
  • The Magic have lived and died by the three all season, and tonight we saw both from them. The Wizards were victimized by the Magic in the first quarter when Orlando hit four three-pointers. However, they only made one in the second quarter. But in the second half the Magic made ten 3-pointers for a total of fifteen in the game.
  • The Wizards trailed by 5 at halftime.
  • Jordan Crawford came out to start the second half and balled out. He started tonight and struggled early, leading many to say “same old Crawford”. He was dominating the ball and going one-on-five most of the first quarter. Then he exploded for six quick points to re-gain the lead immediately after the half, finishing with 14 points and four assists in the third quarter. However, his fourth quarter was disappointing with his 0 for 6 shooting effort from the field. For the game he had  18 points, four rebounds, five assists, and a steal.
  • While the third quarter was the “Jordan Crawford show”, the fourth quarter belonged to John Wall. He scored 14 of his game-high 33 points in the final quarter. While he showed off his jump shot numerous times tonight and shot 52% from the field (13/25), perhaps the best part of his performance was his only one turnover in 43 minutes.
  • Kevin Seraphin provided little in his 16 minutes as a starter, I hope he remains in the starting five for a little bit longer, but not because of anything he did. Seraphin is a tough kid, and I respect that. That’s opposed to JaVale McGee who just appeared disinterested coming off the bench. His defense was pathetic and he had the worst +/- on the team with a minus-12 in his 16 minutes. I’m beyond done with JaVale. I don’t think I can take much more of him.
  • The other “benchee”, Nick Young, wasn’t much better. Ever since the win in Portland on Valentine’s Day two weeks ago he’s been abysmal. Tonight he shot 2 for 6, had five points, and had three turnovers before leaving in the fourth quarter with a knee injury.
  • Trevor Booker is becoming the Wizards’ enforcer, and I LOVE it. He got into a little dust-up with Jason Richardson tonight after pulling down a defensive rebound. Jason Richardson took offense to Booker throwing his elbows and landed on his back resulting in one of those classic NBA “hold me back” fights. And let’s be honest, if J-Rich got into it with Trevor Booker, he wouldn’t live to tell the story.
  • Jan Vesely had no fouls today. Progress in his 6 minutes of playing time. Even though he continued to struggle catching the basketball.
  • Box Score

After back-to-back games coming out of the All-Star break the Wizards will get a two day break before taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night at the Verizon Center. James Straton will have the game preview for Saturday’s game in the coming days.

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Tags: Jan Vesely Javale Mcgee John Wall Jordan Crawford Kevin Seraphin Nick Young Trevor Booker

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