It was the second game of the post-JaVale McGee and Nick Young era, and the fourth game of this six game road trip. The Wiz showed up and played good basketball in the first half, unfortunately the same can’t be said for the second half when the Wizards were outscored 52 to 34. Washington ultimately lost to the Atlanta Hawks (25-19) by a score of 102 to 88 at Philips Arena.
Now on to the Bullets Points:
- Tonight was the second straight game that the Wizards only had ten players available to play, while they wait for Brian Cook and Nene to join the team. Once again Rashard Lewis missed the game with a sore left knee. It’s believed that Cook will be able to play Sunday night in Memphis, but Nene likely won’t be able to play until Wednesday in New Jersey.
- It was all about the turnovers tonight. The Wizards turned it over 22 times (nine by John Wall), and the Hawks capitalized by scoring 37 points off those turnovers. The Wizards shot the ball well at 48.7% and shot 5 for 11 from behind the arc, but all that doesn’t matter if you’re turning the ball over that much.
- At the half, Washington led 54 to 50, but the third quarter is where things got ugly. In the entire twelve minute period, the Wizards only scored 10 points.
- In his return back to Atlanta, Jordan Crawford didn’t impress his former fans. He shot 2 of 9 from the floor and finished with six points.
- Roger Mason came off the bench and picked up right where he left off from last night in New Orleans. In the first half he poured in 10 points — finished with 12 — and made five of his nine shot attempts, two of them being from 3-point range. With Nick Young gone, the Wizards are going to need all the help they can get scoring the basketball, and it looks as if Roger is going to be the one to step up and fill that void as the instant-offense spark plug off the bench.
- For the second straight game we saw a good amount of a John Wall and Shelvin Mack backcourt, and I got to say, I really like it. Most of the season it’s been hard for Shelvin to find any kind of consistent minutes as Wall’s back-up, but he’s been steady and consistent all season as a rookie. Mack is capable of making a jump shot, he knows how to run the point, and he defends. Playing with Wall at the same time is something he’s comfortable with too, because in college at Butler, he played off the ball.
- The duo of Joe Johnson and Josh Smith did the Wiz in tonight. Johnson got hot in the first quarter and never cooled off; and Josh Smith contributed 23 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists.
- I also haver to mention how improved Kevin Seraphin continues to look. He got his second straight start at center and scored 10 points (5/7 shooting), had seven rebounds, and blocked four shots in 29 minutes.
- Even with nine turnovers, John Wall was close to a triple-double with 14 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds.
- Tonight’s box score
See you on Sunday evening when the Wizards travel to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies (24-18) at the FedEx Forum. Tip is at 6 pm ET.