You can’t blame this one on tanking. Falling behind by 20 points at one point, and trailing by 11 at halftime didn’t stop the Wizards from making a game out of it.
We saw it all tonight. Randy Wittman played “hack-a-Ben-Wallace” with roughly two minutes remaining, but Wallace made 5 of his 6 free-throw attempts. Can’t blame the Wizards for not trying. There were fouls galore as Rodney Stuckey fouled out for the Pistons, and Kevin Seraphin fouled out for Washington. We also saw a lot of boring basketball along the way too.
But the most important thing we saw was John Wall coming back to life. What a welcomed sight that was. But even that wasn’t enough to pull out the victory tonight, as the Wizards dropped their 43rd game of the season to the Pistons, 99 to 94.
Now on to a few Bullets Points:
- Nene and Trevor Booker were both unavailable once again as they continue to deal with plantar fasciitis.
- I talked about John Wall coming alive, and did he ever. He attacked the basket and he looked to score — something we haven’t seen from him in what feels like ages. He finished with 28 points (8/18 FG), 10 assists, 4 rebounds, and only three turnovers. And we’ll leave out the fact that he air-balled a 3-point attempt early in the game. Good game, John.
- Wall also played 42 minutes and looked tired late in the game, so that’s something to monitor tomorrow night in New Jersey when the Wizards play their third game in as many days.
- He had the hot hand last night, but that wasn’t the case in his return home to Detroit for Jordan Crawford. The boy from East Detroit shot 2 for 13 tonight and scored only 9 points. Although somehow he ended with a plus-minus of +5, so there’s that.
- A big reason for the Wizards fourth quarter surge was the long-range shooting of Cartier Martin and Roger Mason. They each made two 3-pointers in the final quarter and eventually cut the Pistons’ lead to 10, forcing Detroit to call timeout after an 11 to 1 Wizards run.
- Fresh off his new 10-day contract, James Singleton played 14 minutes against the Pistons. His most notable contribution was his five fouls.
- Not to be outdone, Jan Vesely had five fouls as well, but he did provide 10 points and 5 rebounds in 30 minutes.
- Brian Cook wasn’t terrible again. I expect things to return back to normal soon though.
- Even though he fouled out, Kevin Seraphin’s offensive game was on full display. The mid-range jumper, the hook shot, it was all there in his 15 points (7/12 FG). Seraphin also pulled down 9 rebounds.
- Tonight’s box score
Only one more game is left this week for the Wizards. They’ll be in Newark tomorrow night as they finish up their second back-to-back-to-back of the season against the Nets (19-37).
See you all then.