The Wizards began their six game road trip tonight in San Antonio. The Wizards were looking for their first win in San Antonio since 1999, but the poor defense that did the Wizards in on Saturday night vs. Portland carried over tonight against the Spurs, as Washington lost 112 to 97.
No time to waste so let’s get to the Bullets Points:
- Rashard Lewis was once again a scratch with a sore left knee. I’m starting to wonder if he’ll ever suit up for the Wizards again.
- Andray Blatche is simply awful. Tonight his blooper reel included hitting the side of the backboard on a 12-foot baseline jumper and shooting a jump shot that missed the rim.
- John Wall’s jump shot was good tonight. All of his five field goals were from mid-range. However, it was on the defensive end where Wall was exposed. Tony Parker had a huge night with 31 points (13/18 shooting) and eight assists. Parker got to the rim whenever he wanted.
- The Spurs’ ball movement is simply artistic. At times they might even be too unselfish, but their passing is near surgical.
- The Wizards were clearly outmatched tonight, but were able to stay in the game for the most part. Early on it was thanks to the shooting of Jordan Crawford and Nick Young. Crawford had three 3-pointers in the first quarter and Nick Young added ten points in the first half. Nick’s 18 points (7/10 shooting) and four 3-pointers would have made him the Wizards’ player of the game if it wasn’t for JaVale McGee.
- McGee had his best game statistically in a month with 21 points and 15 rebounds. And he made a jump shot, a hook shot, and an awkward looking floater. Overall, his length and athleticism was too much for the Spurs inside. However, he wouldn’t be JaVale McGee if it wasn’t for plays like these.
- He didn’t play in the last two games, but tonight Jan Vesely got some playing time in the first quarter. He played 16 minutes and didn’t commit a foul — that has to be a first.
- A big reason for Vesely getting playing time tonight was the match-up the Spurs presented. Vesely’s athleticism and length was needed to defend the Spurs’ movement on offense and all the pick and rolls. Because of that, Kevin Seraphin didn’t get to play until garbage time until the end of the game.
- I understand that Seraphin’s style of play didn’t match up well vs. the Spurs, but how does he only play two minutes, and Andray Blatche get 17 minutes? That is what I don’t understand.
- Tonight’s box score
The road trip continues tomorrow night in Dallas when the Wizards (9-31) take on the defending champion Dallas Mavericks (23-20).