Once again the main culprits in yet another Wizards loss — number 32 of the season — was poor defense and poor free throw shooting, in tonight’s 107 to 98 loss to the defending champion Dallas Mavericks. Washington held strong and stayed competitive throughout the game, but couldn’t ever pull themselves into the lead.
But on to the Bullets Points we go:
- We start with the obligatory “Rashard Lewis was once again a scratch due to a sore left knee” bullet point.
- Ronny Turiaf didn’t play tonight, but he dressed for the first time since his hand injury.
- The perplexing “DNP” tonight was Kevin Seraphin. After only playing two minutes last night vat San Antonio, he didn’t see any playing time tonight. Like I said last night, the match-up vs. the Spurs wasn’t necessarily suited for Seraphin, but tonight’s match-up in Dallas was. Somehow Kevin Seraphin didn’t play and Andray Blatche got 18 minutes, and Jan Vesely played 17 minutes.
- Seraphin’s countryman, Roddy Beaubois, had a big night for the Mavericks. Simply put, he was everywhere. In his 28 minutes off the bench he had 19 points (8/14 shooting), six rebounds, four assists, two steals, and no turnovers.
- The free-throw shooting woes continued tonight. The Wizards had a huge advantage in attempts with 38 compared to the Mavericks 15, but the Wiz only made 26 of them — “good” for 68.4 percent. Meanwhile, the Mavericks connected on 13 of their 15 attempts from the line.
- Andray Blatche is still terrible.
- The player of the night for the Wiz was easily Trevor Booker, as he led the team with 20 points and 12 rebounds. The hustle, energy, and emotion that “Cook Book” has always brought to the table is still there and now he’s developing that mid-range jump shot and a more consistent post-game. Unfortunately, his touches were limited due to the shot hungry combination of Nick Young and Jordan Crawford.
- Dirk Nowitzki had a predictably good night for Dallas with 27 points (10/14 shooting), but Trevor Booker did do a good job defending him. Dirk is just Dirk, and he makes some great shots. What didn’t work against Nowitzki was Jan Vesely; that much I know.
- With the trade deadline looming on Thursday afternoon, this may very well have been Nick Young’s final game as a Wizard. And from this game we’ll always remember his nice pass in the lane to JaVale McGee for an easy dunk and his huge dunk in the second half — how about that celebration too? Getting back on defense is overrated.
- Just like last night in San Antonio, the Wizards continued to hover around that ten point deficit and could never really break through. Midway through the third quarter the lead was cut to single-digits, but the lead would swell back up past ten shortly thereafter.
- This was twelfth time in the last thirteen games the Wizards have allowed 100 or more points. The Wizards are 3-9 during that stretch.
- John Wall rebounded from last night’s sub-par game. He finished with 18 points, ten assists, three steals, and only one turnover that came in the first quarter. With that being said, his defense still needs work.
- JaVale was JaVale. He missed an easy alley-oop late in the game and threw an outlet pass right to Jason Kidd. You know, JaVale type things. He played 30 minutes and had 12 points and five rebounds. And he had the best plus-minus on the team wit ha +7.
- Tonight’s box score
After two games in as many nights, the Wizards (9-32) get a break on Wednesday before the take on the New Orleans Hornets (10-32) in the Big Easy.