Despite an outstanding effort, the shorthanded Wizards fell to the New York Knicks 96 to 88. With Nene a late scratch to start the game, it seemed as though the Wizards weren’t going to stand a chance. But on the back of a great third quarter led by Bradley Beal, the Wizards started the fourth with the lead. However, like we’ve seen way too often by the Wizards, they faltered down the stretch and blew the lead early in the fourth. Still, without Nene, this was an impressive effort by a lottery bound team up against a cream of the crop Eastern Conference playoff team.
- Bradley Beal was absolutely fantastic. He scored a career high (29) efficiently (10-21). He also led the Wizards in rebounding with 11. As I’ve said before, I think his success on the boards is indicative of why he is successful. While others might take plays off or give up on a play early, Beal bring energy on every aspect of a half court possession. It’s one of the many reasons he has a future in this league.
- Also, Beal’s 11 rebounds were only second in the game to J.R. Smith’s 12. Shameful day for the big men of both teams.
- John Wall had a decent come back performance from his horrific outing in Detroit. Still, I would have expected him to do more with his athleticism when matched up against someone as old and slow as Kidd.
- One of the main reasons that John Wall’s faulty decision making of late has made such an impact is because of the Wizard’s emphasis on the fast break. This can be an area where the Wizards excel because of Wall’s speed and athleticism, but a turnover in transition is much worse than a turnover in a half court possession, because it almost always leads to either a two on one or an uncontested layup.
- Jan Vesely hasn’t played good basketball this year, but having him sit on the bench isn’t making him play any better. The Wizards aren’t going to make it to the playoffs this year, so I don’t see why Vesely isn’t playing when one of our starting bigs is out injured. Either send him down to the D-League or give him some minutes. He isn’t doing anything up here.
- Tip of my hat to: Raymond Felton, who stopped any fat jokes for at least one night, Carmello Anthony, who is always fun to watch, and J.R. Smith, who had an uncanny number of rebounds.