Wizards Get First Win

The Wizards finally won a game, even though they tried not to.

They wound up winning 84-82 over the Portland Trail Blazers, but had to come back to win after giving up a 15 point fourth quarter lead. Only the Wizards, man…

Here’s some Bullets Points:

  • One is an example, two is a coincidence, three is a trend. Tonight, in Nene’s third game of the season, the back-up point guard has outplayed the starter — whether it’s A.J. Price or Shaun Livingston, and tonight it was Shaun Livingston. The simple reason has to be Nene. After all, there’s a reason he never has a negative plus-minus. He’s good, real good, and whoever is on the court with him on the second unit benefits.
  • Kevin Seraphin had 10 rebounds in 33 minutes, but still managed to look bad on the glass thanks in large part to J.J. Hickson and his 19 boards.
  • The Wizards managed to go nearly seven minutes in the fourth quarter without scoring a single point, allowing Portland to claw back into the game. Doesn’t get any more Wizards than that.
  • Bradley Beal continued his frustrating passive play. He’s just a kid (19 years old), but he is so hesitant and often times looks confused.
  • Jan Vesely did not play, and now the Wizards are 1-0 when Vesely rides the bench all game. Make this a normal thing, Randy Wittman.
  • Never thought I’d say this but Trevor Ariza played well tonight. 14 points (6/9 FG), five rebounds, and only one turnover in 36 minutes. If only that happened, ever.
  • And then there’s Jordan Crawford. So good until the fourth quarter when he started consistently chucking and making poor decisions. Even with his 2-for-6 shooting display in the final quarter, it was enough to win and it was classic ‘JCraw’.
  • Also, really have to credit the Wizards defense — especially in the third quarter.
  • Tonight’s box score.

Can the Wizards make it a two-game winning streak? We all have our doubts, but maybe they can. They’ll have that opportunity on Friday night against the New York Knicks.

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