There aren’t many positive things we could take away from tonight’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. This was, by far, the worst game the Washington Wizards have played since John Wall returned to the lineup. Here are the Bullet Points:
- Due to his nagging wrist injury, Bradley Beal sat out of tonight’s contest. He was replaced by Garrett Temple, who hasn’t seen much playing time since John Wall returned to the Wizards lineup.
- Washington was very sloppy at the start of the first quarter, making just one out of six field goal attempts. It was a sign of things to come.
- Nene tried to take advantage of the size deferential between himself and Thad Young early in the game. Philadelphia eventually did a great job in collapsing on Nene’s drives to the basket, forcing him to turn the ball over.
- Wall seemed asleep on both ends of the floor, but showed some energy late in the first quarter. He blazed by the Sixers defense, laid the ball in, and stole it on the other end. He later had two magnificent blocks, in which he completely demolished Spencer Hawes’ layup attempt.
- Seraphin seriously needs to learn when to shoot, and when to pass the ball out of the post. It’s becoming a reoccurring problem and that’s obviously a terrible sign for a player who has developed his game well since his rookie season. He fouled Spencer Hawes, with just seconds remaining in the first quarter, which consequently put Hawes at the free throw line. His lack of awareness on the court is very concerning. He settles for way too many jump shots, doesn’t rebound the ball at a high rate, and he still fails to do the simple things which help win ball games. Something needs to change, and change fast.
- Vesely who shot 22 percent from the free throw line before tonight’s game, made both of his attempts. Steve Buckhantz let out an emphatic “Wow!” after Vesely sunk the free throws.
- Price, Crawford, Ariza, Vesely, and Seraphin does NOT work. Wittman consistently plays lineups which are clearly struggling, and that one was clearly one of them.
- Philadelphia did a great job in defending Washington in the second quarter. There was a sequence in which they trapped Crawford near the half court line, forcing him to heave up a terrible shot. That horrific shot pretty much summed up tonight’s game.
- To top off all the awfulness which occurred tonight, Trevor Ariza managed to travel after finding himself wide open under the basket. That was honestly one of the most pathetic things I’ve seen happen in a professional basketball game. With the way Washington played tonight, I’ll use the word professional very loosely.
- Washington scored 11 points in the second quarter, and went six minutes without scoring a field goal. Pa-the-tic.
- Webster and Emeka Okafor were probably the only guys who showed up to play tonight. Webster scored all 15 of his points in the third quarter, which included a few corner three’s which we’ve grown used to seeing. Okafor finished the game with 15 points and 17 (!!!) rebounds. ‘Mek’ is becoming very consistent, especially with his rebounding effort each and every game. He’s been living up to his awful contract lately.
- John Wall had the worst game of the season tonight. He was out of control on many occasions, which led to 5 turnovers. He finished with just 9 points and 6 assists.
- Former Wizard, Nick Young, scored 18 points tonight. His scoring ability is obviously noted, but he dished the ball very well tonight. He had four assists tonight, which is more than he had in his entire career in D.C.
- Kevin Seraphin continued to struggle in the fourth quarter. At one point in time, he decided it was a great idea to force up a hook shot, which resulted into one of the worst shots in basketball history. I mean, it was terrible. He basically attempted to throw the ball through the glass. It was the bad.
- Washington had some decent spurts to finish the game, but due to their lack of heart and effort, ended up losing 92-84.
- Here is tonight’s box score.
You can’t turn the ball over 18 times and expect to win the game. On top of Washington’s awful ( I feel like I used the word ‘awful’ 500 times tonight) decision making, the lack of effort was very concerning.
The Wizards have won 11 games in the season. You can’t expect to win without heart, especially when you’re sporting only 11 wins on the season.
This game was embarrassing to say the least.