That was awful.
Besides Bradley Beal, absolutely everyone looked horrible tonight. Heck, even the shot clock and score board were malfunctioning tonight. Washington was forced to use makeshift shot clocks, which obviously took away from the game. This is by far the worst game the Washington Wizards have played since John Wall returned to the lineup.
I’ll start on the positive side, which was basically Bradley Beal. After returning to the starting lineup, Beal scored 25 points and grabbed 4 rebounds, and looked very good overall. He shot the ball well of the dribble and didn’t hesitate to penetrate the basket when given the opportunity. Above all, Beal looked like a leader. There were reports of Beal going after his teammates for “giving up” during timeouts, which consequently helped boost Washington’s level of aggressiveness on the defensive end of the floor. When times got tough, Beal showed up to relieve some of Washington’s stress.
Now, let’s get to the other guard. John Wall was horrrrrrrrrrrrible tonight. He made just one of his twelve shots, but that wasn’t even his biggest problem. Wall finished with seven turnovers on just six assists. After missing a few easy transition baskets and turning the ball over numerous times, Wall hung his head low and didn’t show the energy you’d like to see out of your number one overall selection. After the game, Randy Wittman said that Wall has a tendency to “feel sorry for himself”. That needs to change, ASAP. Wall played the worst game of his career tonight.
Tonight was not a good way to start off the second half of the season. I honestly don’t even want to focus on what the Raptors did well to control Washington, because tonight’s game was just awful.
Jordan Crawford reportedly chucked his jersey into the crowd after tonight’s game. I’ll be surprised if this is not the last time we see Crawford in Washington.
On to the next one.