Nearly a month ago on Valentine’s Day the Wizards played their best game of the season when they scored 124 points on the Trail Blazers in the Rose Garden. Tonight the Blazers got their revenge with a 110 too 99 win at the Verizon Center.
Now to the Bullets Points:
- The Wizards’ defense which was so good against the Lakers in the second half during Wednesday night’s win was equally as bad tonight. LaMarcus Aldridge was a huge factor, and you expect him to be, but Portland’s backcourt of Raymond Felton and Jamal Crawford were the back-breakers. Felton and Crawford combined for 44 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points and ten rebounds by himself. The Wizards had no answer for defending the All-Star power forward. It’s also fair to point out that he left the game less than two minutes into the first quarter on February 14 when these two teams played due to an ankle injury.
- Jan Vesely didn’t play for the second straight game due to a coach’s decision and Rashard Lewis missed tonight’s game because of a sore left knee. Rashard Lewis still has yet to appear in a game since the All-Star break.
- Late in the second quarter Kevin Seraphin got into it with Marcus Camby underneath the basket. Camby threw Seraphin down after being boxed out and Seraphin got right back up and got right into Camby’s face. Eventually, Kevin Seraphin got called for a technical and Marcus Camby got ejected with a Flagrant 2.
- John Wall led the Wizards with 25 points (9/19 shooting), eight assists, and no turnovers. All night John burned Portland with his speed getting to the basket. Raymond Felton isn’t an all-defensive player by any means, but he had no chance tonight vs. Wall. It was good to see him break out of his mini-slump — and by “mini-slump” I mean one game.
- In the first half we saw something rare, unexpected, and unique. We saw Nick Young attack the rim and get to the free throw line. Unfortunately it didn’t last and Nick ended up with only 10 points (4/16 shooting) and no assists, after posting a career-high six assists Wednesday night vs. the Lakers.
- Only four Wizards scored in double-figures, including Wall and Young. The other two were JaVale McGee and Chris Singleton. It’s especially noteworthy for Singleton because his 12 points marked only the second time he’s scored in double-figures since January 21. He also pulled down seven rebounds.
- Even though their numbers weren’t spectacular like they were in their last game, both Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Booker had good games once again. Booker just missed out on a double-double with 9 points and ten rebounds and Seraphin had 6 points and three rebounds in 18 minutes. I’m sure “Cook Book” would like this play back, but as a whole, it was another good game for the fan favorite.
- Like I said, Jan Vesely didn’t play, but Andray Blatche filled his role as the “designated fouler”. Blatche only played 14 minutes and committed four fouls.
- Remember when Jordan Crawford was scorching hot and couldn’t miss? Well, it’s becoming a distant memory. Tonight he was 3 for 10 shooting and is shooting only 26.19 percent (11/42) over his last three games.
- Tonight’s box score
I was at the game tonight and I have some quotes from Trevor Booker and John Wall from the post-game locker room media session that I’ll transcribe in a separate post shortly.