Déjà Vu, Wizards Collapse vs. Hawks

It was Thursday night all over again.

The Wizards had a big lead — 16 points to be exact — and let it eventually slip away to another playoff-bound team. Thursday it was the Indiana Pacers. Tonight it was the Atlanta Hawks.

However, tonight, the Wizards’ didn’t begin their collapse until the fourth quarter. They entered the final period with a ten point lead, and ended up finding a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory once again, as they lost 95 to 92 at the Verizon Center.

Good news is that the Wizards have been in position to win two straight games against playoff teams, but the bad news is equally as alarming. Collecting ping-pong balls and competiting is nice, but you have to win at some point.

Hopefully that point is in the not too distant future.

Here’s a few Bullets Points:

  • Nene rebounded from Thursday’s poor performance with another double-double. He had 21 points and 11 rebounds tonight, and did most of his damage in the first quarter when he had 10 points and 6 rebounds.
  • It was Nene’s night tonight, not John Wall’s. The biggest takeaway from this game for John was his 6 for 6 effort from the free-throw line. From the field he made only one of his ten attempts, and had 8 points. Most of the night he just appeared to be invisible and going through the motions.
  • We found out that Trevor Booker has been playing through some plantar fasciitis, but he was still able to play 32 minutes without any limitations. Evidenced by his 14 rebounds.
  • However, most will remember Booker for getting lost on defense and not stepping out on Joe Johnson with 46 seconds remaining. Johnson ended up hitting the game-winning 3-pointer from long range.
  • Here’s tonight’s box score

This was the first game of the Wizards’ first back-to-back-to-back of the season. They’ll be in Boston tomorrow for a game against the Celtics.

Will the Wiz be able to finally close a game out then?

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