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Malice in the Palace: Part 2


The Wizards were generally obliterated tonight. There isn’t much more to say past that but I’ll try. It’s tough to watch this team even from a relatively detached standpoint. The Wizards were demolished by a team with seven wins that started Jason Maxiell and Kyle Singler while giving significant minutes to Austin Daye and Charlie Villanueva. Can the Wizards beat anyone? Could they win the D-League title? I’m serious.

Jordan Crawford went into “eff-you” mode, but still posted a -24 and had absolutely no help from anyone else. He recorded 20-7-7 but also shot 43.5% and had four TOs. Kevin Seraphin was brutal in a bad way, missing every type of shot possible. Martell Webster played 41 minutes and somehow shot the ball only SEVEN TIMES. Shaun Livingston played 36 minutes and recorded only two assists. Earl Barron posted a -17 in ONLY NINE MINUTES.

SO MUCH BLOOD THERE’S BLOOD EVERYWHERE AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

  • The Wizards started tonight with their 9th different starting lineup of the season. A stat like this would be a problem even with an experienced team. The fact that this young, ragtag group has had no consistency tells us a lot.
  • Andre Drummond did his best Wilt impersonation tonight, embarrassing the Wizards with five blocks. The Pistons favorite play seems to be a random alley-oop to Drummond, regardless of whether or not he is open or not. Against the miniature Kevin Seraphin, it didn’t matter; Drummond would knock it in anyway.
  • With no Nene or Beal, there was hope Kevin Seraphin would step up and drain 100 hook shots. Instead, he missed a variety of shots and was even blocked by Tayshaun Prince on a fadeaway. That wouldn’t be a problem if it were 2004. Alas, it is 2012.
  • JAN VESELY PLAYED! With Nene out, Wittman decided to give Mr. Vesely a chance. Vesely spent most of the night being blocked by Drummond, but he had more points than fouls, which is a step in the right direction. Jan still has more fouls than points on the season because Wizards.
  • You’ll likely not believe this, but Jan Vesely’s random +/- dominance continued as he posted the best +/- on the team.
  • Rodney Stuckey, a career 27.5% shooter, went 3 for 3 from deep tonight because Wizards.
  • Early in the fourth, Randy Rittman had the opportunity to choose any player from the Pistons to shoot Stuckey’s free throws after he left without a tooth. Wittman chose Viacheslav Kravtsov, whom I can admit I have never heard of. He played his first 15 seconds ever and went one of two from the free throw line. He would later make his first legitimate NBA appearance.
  • Kravtsov does not even exist on basketballreference.com, but that doesn’t stop him from trying as hard as he possibly can to get a dunk, which he finally did.

In conclusion, both teams did not play hard, my man.

Tags: Sad