Well, I’m glad that’s over. After winning four consecutive games, the Washington Wizards came to the Palace of Auburn Hills with all the momentum on their side. Needless to say, they left Detroit with a big chunk of their momentum missing.
The effort just wasn’t there tonight, especially from a defensive standpoint. Washington’s bread and butter has been on the defensive end of the floor, and they just didn’t defend well tonight. Washington gave up 14 offensive rebounds tonight, while only grabbing four of their own. Greg Monroe, who finished with 16 points and 18 rebounds (!!!), scored 13 of his 18 and grabbed 11 rebounds in the first half. That’s unacceptable. Washington did a decent job in packing the paint, but they failed to close out on Detroit’s shooters. Newly acquired guard, Jose Calderon, torched the Wizards right from the bell. He scored 24 points, which included 6 three pointers. Again, that’s unacceptable. Wall was decent, but his effort is too inconsistent. With about 2 minutes left in the ball game, Wall continuously attacked the basket, getting contact at will. That should’ve happened from the start of the game. Jose Calderon isn’t fast or big enough to keep up with Wall. I would’ve liked to see Wall pursue the basket more throughout the game, but it is what is it.
Emeka Okafor was basically the only bright spot for Washington tonight. He scored 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in just 25 minutes of play. Okafor failed to play for the majority of the fourth quarter, and that’s just down right baffling. I like Randy Wittman, and the adjustments he’s made to this team, especially on the defensive end of the floor, but his substitution patterns are awful. I expect him to insert Bradley Beal back into the starting lineup after the All-Star break.
It would’ve been nice to enter the All-Star break on a five game win streak, but by the looks of it, Washington had already entered their break. As a young team, we should’ve expected this. Washington has the tendency to fall asleep in these types of situations.
Nothing in depth tonight guys. Enjoy the All-Star break and all the festivities which come along with it.