The Wizards (or the Lashington Lizards, as @DidTheWizWin calls them), dropped their twelfth straight to the San Antonio Spurs tonight. After a better than expected start to the game, with A.J. Price and Kevin Seraphin knocking down shots with confidence, the team dozed off and was obliterated on the defensive end.
There’s a lot to get to, so let’s get straight to the Bullets Points:
- The Wizards are only eight games out of the last playoff spot.
- Nene’s absence was painfully apparent. The Wizards are an incredible 43 points better with him on the court, and it showed tonight.
- Jan Vesely put up a valiant effort with zero points and four personal fouls. Just what you’d expect from a sixth overall pick! With tonight’s struggle, he now has 34 fouls and 29 points on the season. Of guys playing over 14 minutes per game, he isn’t the only one with more fouls than points. The immortal Ryan Hollins also holds that distinction. All-Stars.
- Now showing in the Small Sample Size Theatre, Jan Vesely’s positive plus-minus! He was the only played to be positive tonight, although he was absolutely awful. Jan also has incredible on/off court numbers, with the Wizards performing 14.6 points better with him on the court.
- Bradley Beal’s defense is becoming an issue. He rarely rotates on time and looks lost consistently. Against a team sporting knockdown shooters everywhere in the Spurs, this is a huge issue and it certainly was tonight.
- Sticking with Beal criticisms, he continues to be blocked at the rim at an alarming rate. While the play-by-play says he had only two jumpers blocked, I counted three layup attempts blocked without including the one Danny Green got after a weak Boris Diaw foul call. Beal has the strength and athleticism but needs to be more creative on his drives.
- The most interesting part of the night was when Jordan Crawford went into “Eff You” mode and started doing everything. I stayed until Randy Wittman pulled him for some reason.
- From the 2:23 mark in the third to the point at which Crawford was removed for good with 5:51 left in the fourth, JC took things into his own hands. During that stretch, he went 7/9 from the field for 15 points with an assist and three rebounds. Yet Wittman will not give him consistent minutes.
- No Spur scored more than 16 points. Seven were in double digits.
- The Wizards came into tonight’s game with the third best percentage from deep allowed. The Spurs shot 56.5% from 3-point range.
- The Spurs had 32 assists, their second most on the season. That is six more than the Wizards’ best this season and five better than their best game last year.
- Tonight’s Box Score
See you all for the next Wizards (Lizards) game Wednesday night when they play host to the Portland Trail Blazers (6-8).