After dropping two straight games, the Washington Wizards picked up a much needed win against the struggling Charlotte Bobcats.
Coming into the game we all expected the Wizards to demolish the Bobcats, as Charlotte has won just 13 games the entire season. The Wizards struggled right off the bat and looked disinterested in the ball game. Charlotte took advantage of their lackadaisical play which helped them keep the game close the entire first quarter.
But it wasn’t long before the Wizards became assertive on both sides of the floor and really separated themselves from the Bobcats. A.J Price did a great job in getting the big men involved in the low post while John Wall sat the majority of the second quarter. Nene and Kevin Seraphin both did a great job in establishing post position, creating easy buckets.
Aside from the Minnesota Timberwolves game a few days ago, John Wall’s jump shot looked more improved tonight than it did in any of the prior games. Charlotte doesn’t have any very good big men protecting the basket, but Wall opted to shoot a few pull up jump shots which helped put him in rhythm. All of his six made field goals besides one were jump shots. John Wall even hit his second three pointer of the season against Charlotte. It was that kind of night.
Trevor Ariza, who came off the bench, scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. With Bradley Beal out, someone needed to step up and knock down some crucial three’s, and that’s exactly what Ariza did. He knocked down 5 of his 8 three point attempts and has looked more consistent from beyond the arc these last couple games then he has since he’s arrived to D.C.
There honestly isn’t much to be said about the Bobcats. Besides Kemba Walker, everybody who played on their roster looked horrible. Walker scored 29 points on 25 shots and looked like the only legitimate NBA player on the floor for Charlotte. I honestly can’t even figure out what Charlotte is trying to due to rebuild their team. There are a handful of guys on their roster which shouldn’t even be considered NBA players. At this point, the 13 win Bobcats are just hoping to continue piling up losses to improve their chances of winning the lottery.
Washington will meet the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night, where they’re hoping to have Bradley Beal back into the lineup. We’ll keep you updated on his situation.