Ugh. After dropping two games to Atlanta this season, the Washington Wizards looked for revenge on Monday night. This game could be placed into the ‘heart breaker’ column, as the Wizards lost another game in overtime. Here are some Bullet Points:
- As usually, tons of people came out to the Verizon Center to watch the Wizards play…(Sarcasm)
- This was the third meeting between the two division rivals.
- Beal came out aggressive, scoring 6 points in about five minutes. This didn’t include a fast break dunk, in which Beal demolished Lou Williams. After attempting to posterize Josh Smith, Beal took a hard tumble to the floor. He later returned, but this mishap really threw Beal off course for the rest of the game.
- There was a sequence midway through the first quarter in which Emeka Okafor dribbled off of his foot, causing a turnover. The Hawks didn’t capitalize on ‘Mek’s’ mistake, as they threw the ball in the back court causing a back court violation. What happened next? A Wizards five second violation. (3 turnovers in about one minute)
- The Wizards failed to stop Jeff Teague in transition on numerous occasions. That will hopefully change once John Wall returns to action.
- Washington failed to hit their free throws down the stretch, which later came back back to haunt them.
- Earl Barron was today’s ‘Sub of the Game’. Even though he shot just 20 percent from the field, he contributed by grabbing 14 rebounds and blocking five shots. He also hit a mid range jump shot to tie the game in a clutch situation.
- Jordan Crawford recorded his second career triple double by scoring 27 points along side 11 rebounds and assists. He also hit a career five three pointers tonight. We could’ve gone without some of his ill advised three pointers down the stretch, though.
- Here’s tonight’s box score.
These heart breaking losses are really starting to pile on in Washington. It can’t be good for Washington’s confidence. Their inability to close out games has cost them way too many games this year. They have a chance to redeem themselves tomorrow night against the surprisingly decent, Orlando Magic.