The Wizards lose again. This time to the Indiana Pacers. After failing to complete a comeback, Washington fell 81-89 despite strong contributions from the bench. Here are the Bullets Points:
- Garrett Temple is the starting point guard for this Wizards team. ‘Nuff said.
- Martell Webster helped contribute with a whopping, zero points in today’s match up. I’d really like to see Webster pick up his aggressiveness, as he has the offensive tools to become a strong option on this lowly Wizards team.
- Jordan Crawford brought his ‘steeze’ to Indiana tonight. He scored 20 points to go along side 7 assists off the bench. There was a point in the game in which ‘JCraw’ air balled a jumper, grabbed it in midair, and put the ball in the basket. Steve Buckhantz seemed surprised that it was illegal to grab your own air balled shots.
- Did I mention that the point guard play from the Wizards is beyond terrible? There is virtually no one on this team with good decision making skills.
- Nene and Kevin Seraphin combined for eight turnovers. During my game preview I mentioned that the Wizards big men would have trouble dealing with Hibbert and David West. It was evident in their inability to keep control of the basketball.
- Days after Martell Webster was called for a basket interference after grabbing the rim before dunking; Nene was called for virtually the same play, except he missed the dunk. Is there a stat for missed dunks? If so, I’m pretty sure the Wizards are leading the league.
- Paul George had one of the best games of his career against the Wizards tonight. He scored 29 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. He’s progressed very well throughout his career. I wish I could say the same for some of Washington’s young assets.
- Kyle Weidie of TruthAboutIt and I were seemingly the only ones to catch this on TV; but did John Wall put in his mouthpiece during a timeout?
- When’s John Wall coming back?
- Beal scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half. He was clearly frustrated with the officials.
- Seraphin mixed up his shots a bit tonight, and settled for the jump shot a little less than usual. He scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds off the bench.
- The Wizards took 10 free throws tonight. Indiana took 31. I can’t wait to hear Ted Leonsis rant about it on his blog.
- Ian Mahinmi has really flown under the radar as of late. He’s averaged close to 7 points and 5 rebounds during the Pacers last five games, in just 18 minutes of play. His jump shot has clearly improved, and he’s not just known for his ‘hustle’ as he was during his time in Dallas.
- Your Wizards are now 4-26. How many times are we going to hear the “Washington’s better than 4-26″ spiel from Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier? It’s getting a little old. Especially when your 4-26.
This was by far one of the most boring Wizards games this season. From missed dunks to air balled jump shots, their wasn’t much to take away from tonight’s game. It’s good to see Beal remain aggressive, even though losses seem inevitable at this point.
Just when you think the Wizards could complete a comeback and give themselves a shot at winning, they fall right back down to Earth. I’d honestly hate to be a part of Washington’s locker room during this terrible stretch. I can’t imagine how much more time the injury excuse will buy the coaching staff as well as the management.
It’s getting quite desperate in Wizards land as of late. By the way, when’s John Wall coming back?