Pacers Knock Down The Wall

The Wizards began their second back-to-back-to-back of the season tonight against the Indiana Pacers. If that sounds familiar it’s because the Wizards just played three games in as many nights less than two weeks ago. Washington went 0-3 in that first stretch, and if tonight was any indication, they’ll do the same this time around. Indiana pounced on the Wizards early, pulled away in the third quarter, and ultimately won 109 to 96 tonight at the Verizon Center.

Let’s not waste any time, let’s get to the Bullets Points:

  • For the third straight game the Wizards were without Nene and Trevor Booker due to plantar fasciitis.
  • After not allowing a single opponent to score 100 points in nine straight games, the Wizards have now allowed more than 100 points in two straight games … So at least we’re back to normal.
  • We were all living in Jordan Crawford’s world tonight — particularly in the first quarter. He finished with 28 points (11/20 FG) and five 3-pointers, with 16 of those points and four 3-pointers coming in that first quarter.
  • Brian Cook is still terrible, don’t be confused, but tonight he took a break from being awful. With the Wizards light in frontcourt depth, he was forced to play 29 minutes, and he actually produced with 10 points (4/6 FG) and 9 rebounds. And of course, we can’t leave out the fact that he went coast to coast, before being fouled on the lay-up attempt.
  • Jan Vesely made his second mid-range jumper of the season. Coincidentally his only other made jump shot came against the Pacers.
  • The #SeraPhan movement continues. Kevin Seraphin had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. It was the most rebounds he’s had since March 25 in Boston. I couldn’t be happier with the way Kevin has improved, but if there is one criticism it’s that he finds himself in foul trouble too often. Tonight he picked up two first quarter fouls, but to his credit, he only picked up one more the rest of the game in his 32 minutes.
  • Kevin Seraphin is playing well. John Wall is not. And it’s all the same things we’ve been seeing the last few weeks. Wall is apprehensive to shoot, he’s turning the ball over, and being overly passive. Luckily, he started to come alive in the third quarter and began attacking the basket a little more. However, we’ve seen him come alive in spurts before during the games he’s struggled in, it’s been a while since we’ve seen him be assertive from start to finish. My take on his struggles is that he’s mentally exhausted and simply worn out. April 27 — the end of the season — can’t come soon enough for him.
  • Third quarter woes did the Wizards in yet again. They trailed by only a point at the half, but ended up trailing by 12 at the end of the third quarter.

The Wizards will be at the Palace of Auburn Hills tomorrow night to take on the Pistons (20-33). Don’t expect a Wizards victory though, I know I’m not. The Wizards looked tired, beaten down, and drained tonight. I can’t imagine they’ll look energized playing again tomorrow night in Michigan.

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