Wizards' Shooting Stings New Orleans

Earlier in the day, team president Ernie Grunfeld traded away the team’s starting center and second-leading scorer in JaVale McGee and Nick Young, respectively. But the other ten healthy players on the roster had a game to play vs. the New Orleans Hornets. Coincidentally it was the best game the Wizards have played in some time, as they won 99 to 89.

Now on to the Bullets Points:

  • Only ten players dressed tonight for the Wizards, but Rashard Lewis was not one of them.
  • Kevin Seraphin got his second start of the season at center tonight in place of JaVale McGee, who was traded away. On the night Seraphin played 29 minutes and had 12 points and nine rebounds. He struggled on the defensive end at times with the pick and roll and Chris Kaman’s post game, however, it was a good night overall for Seraphin. It’s clear to see his confidence is growing.
  • The Wizards were clearly the better team tonight, but late in the third quarter New Orleans started making a run. Eventually New Orleans took the lead early in the fourth quarter, before the Wizards pulled away due to great team defense and lights-out shooting from Roger Mason.
  • Nick Young is gone, but his ghost was out there tonight with Jordan Crawford chucking up shots. On the night Crawford was 6 for 16 shooting.
  • Tonight’s stars were John Wall and Roger Mason. Wall couldn’t be guarded by New Orleans. Whether it was Jarrett Jack or Greivis Vasquez defending him, they had no chance. In the first half Wall was 7 of 8 from the field, and all seven of his field goals were at the rim. John finished with 26 points, 12 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and a block. He did have five turnovers, but most were late when the Wizards’ lead was in double-digits.
  • While Jordan Crawford represented the bad side of Nick Young tonight, it was Roger Mason that represented Nick’s good side. Mason played 19 minutes and poured in 19 points. He made seven of his nine shot attempts from the field, and made four of his six attempts from 3-point range. Most importantly it was his 14 fourth quarter points that re-gained the lead for the Wizards, and ultimately the Wizards’ tenth win of the season.
  • That woeful Wizards free-throw shooting was much improved tonight. They got out of the 60% range and shot 15 of 17 from the line tonight; good for 88.2 percent.
  • The Hornets were held to only 6 fast-break points tonight, compared to the Wizards’ 27 points off of fast-breaks.
  • Chris Singleton was the only starter to not score in double-digits. He had only 2 points.
  • And yes, Andray Blatche is just awful. Tonight’s “low-lights” include: an air ball on a mid-range jumper, a missed shot that hit the top of the backboard, and some terrible defense.
  • Tonight’s box score

The Wizards are traveling to Atlanta tonight for tomorrow’s game against the Atlanta Hawks (24-19). Tip-off is at 7:30 from Philips Arena.

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