January 19, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) and Washington Wizards center Nene (42) look for a rebound in the first half of the game at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Wizards Can’t Close Out the Clippers


Well, that was one of the worst officiated games I’ve seen in a pretty long time. Nonetheless, the Washington Wizards failed to close out the victory once again against the L.A Clippers Here are tonight’s Bullet Points:

  • Blake Griffin is a very frustrating player to watch. I honestly can’t see the hype that surrounds Griffin. In my opinion, he’s one of the most overrated athletes in sports today. He finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, but shots just 5 for 18 from the field.
  • Seraphin shot 2 for 7 tonight, and finished with just 4 points. He settled for jump shots once again, instead of continuing his success in the low post.
  • Martell Webster was invisible for the most part in tonight’s game. Trevor Ariza helped contribute with 11 points off the bench, including a pair of three pointers. Ariza is a very tenacious defender, but I still don’t like the way he gambles for steals. I won’t be surprised if he regains his spot in the starting lineup.
  • Jordan Crawford scored just 3 points tonight. Where’s your steez, Jordan?
  • There was a sequence in tonight’s game in which Nene grabbed the rebound, and swung his arms trying to create space between him and the defender. Blake Griffin then flopped, making it appear as if Nene elbowed him in the face. After watching the replay, it was clear that Nene’s elbow didn’t even come close to touching Griffin. I can’t remember who specifically, but someone received a technical as a result of the botched call. It all went down hill from this point on, in terms of officiating. It’s unbelievable as to how many flops the Clippers get away with.
  • Bradley Beal scored 13 points, including a pair of clutch tree point shots to keep Washington in the game. His confidence is sky high, and it’ll only go up from here on out.
  • John Wall was spectacular tonight. He scored 24 points and dished out 6 assists, off the bench. His 24 points consisted of a few jump shots, and an array of acrobatic layups. It’s clear that John Wall is improving, and that makes us Wizards fans very excited. His tenacity and improvement on the defensive end of the floor is a treat to watch. He still has trouble in some aspects of defense, but it’s great to see him get down and defend guys like Chris Paul. It’s obvious that defense is an aspect in which Wall has been working on to improve. Here’s a video of a great block John Wall had on Griffin.
  • Trevor Booker looked like his old self tonight. Making both of his shot attempts and grabbing 7 rebounds, Book looked like the only guy who was willing to do the dirty work for Washington tonight.
  • Washington missed 12 free throws tonight. It really came back to haunt them late in the game. One of the biggest missed free throws came after Nene scored the bucket, and got a chance to tie the game. It’s mind boggling how as to how a  professional basketball team can struggle so mightily at the free throw line.
  • Washington also gave up 22 offensive rebounds tonight. They were simply out matched athletically.
  • There was a sequence in which the Wizards stole the ball, which lead to a ridiculous Jordan Crawford to John Wall alley oop. It was a very awesome, yet unnecessary pass, but awesome nonetheless. So Wizards.
  • Besides the atrocious officiating, Washington’s inability to control the ball lead to their demise. 18 turnovers is unacceptable.
  • Here is tonight’s box score. 

Hey, at least they competed. I think it’s safe to say that the Wizards are no longer the joke they used to be. Despite their awful record, the Wizards have been playing good basketball as of late. If they continue their recent play, Washington will undoubtedly continue to compete and win some ball games.

John Wall and Bradley Beal are an exciting duo, and they looked good against a legitimate contender tonight. Chris Paul is an MVP contender, who has propelled a terrible Clippers team into elite status. Competing with a team as deep as the Clippers is an accomplishment in itself.

I wish the officiating wasn’t as lopsided tonight, but I guess that’s what you get when you’re 8-30.

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