Since Nene’s arrival last season, the Washington Wizards were undefeated against the Heat in games in which Nene participated. Unfortuntaely, Nene did not matter tonight but neither did any of the Wiz. The Wizards did not score a single point in the last seven minutes of this game and allowed 21 easy points on uncontested layups and three’s over the same period. They checked out. The last seven minutes were painful to watch but I struggled through it despite mourning the loss of RGIII.
Let’s get to the Bullets Points:
- The Heat started the game 6 for 6 while hitting a number of uncontested jumpers. The first miss came on yet another wide-open attempt. The game also ended in an extended version of the start of the game.
- Bradley Beal started the game quite aggressively, taking four shots in the first five minutes. Dwyane Wade continues to haunt Bradley, as Wade blocked two of those shots and forced him into bad ones throughout the game. Seeing Beal come out aggressive is always encouraging, however. As I’ve written in previous recaps, confidence is all I’m looking for from Beal right now. Anything else is gravy.
- Garrett Temple lost his shoe towards the end of the first and the Wiz DID NOT GIVE A FOUL which led to Temple’s guy, Norris Cole, getting a semi-contested reverse layup. I cannot fathom why there was no foul given there to allow Temple to be functional on the court. This was one of the more infuriating moments of the season so far, for me.
- Temple and Beal teamed up in the backcourt for all but a minute and a half of the first quarter, leaving Jordan Crawford AKA Yung Steezus, only that much time to warm up in the first. JC has been much improved this year, and shoots it better (on way more shots), turns it over less, and penetrates more often than Temple. He is an overall better player. I’m not sure why Temple should eat into any of his minutes. JC, the guy whose career high came against the Heat, went on to play a total of seven minutes in the first half.
- Crawford went on to sit the most of the third and then miss rim on his first two shots in the fourth quarter. Temple and Crawford combined to shoot 1-14.
- In the second, Jan Vesely dribbled the ball; He made A MOVE in the paint. AND HE SCORED. Baby steps, here.
- Jan also picked up LeBron a few times in the second quarter, which was interesting and surprisingly not awful.
- Sticking with Jan for a third straight Bullets Point – HE NOW HAS AS MANY POINTS AS TURNOVERS ON THE SEASON. What a relief.
- Beal may have shot poorly tonight, but he had a monster dunk for the second game in a row, which is a really big deal for a kid who has found taking it to the rim quite difficult in the NBA.
- Nene struggled all night long, missing a wide variety of shots, but especially jumpers. He has a lot of confidence in the jump shot, but he doesn’t often hit it. From 10 feet and further out this year, he’s shooting 37.5%.
- The Wizards went on a late 7-0 run to make things interesting, but the Heat quickly answered with a much more impressive 21-0 run to put the Wizards to rest. During the 21-0 run, the Wizards looked uninterested in defense and confused on offense.
- Tonight’s box score.