The Washington Wizards stumbled against a team on an 8 game losing streak, losing to the Orlando Magic 97 to 92. While John Wall and Martell Webster combined to score 54 points, not a single other Wizard reached double digits as the Wizards were stifled by Orlando’s fourth worst league defense. The Magic, led by Tobias Harris, also outscored the Wizards in the paint 48 to 28.
- John Wall was a mixed bag last night. Obviously, scoring 35 is a major achievement, even if it was on 28 shots. It wasn’t like Wall was taking chances away from more productive team mates, who were getting even worse looks then he was. And his jumper was falling again, bouncing back from his terrible game against Oklahoma City. But the whole reason Wall with a jumper was supposed to be so dangerous was that it would draw the defender out which would lead to the easy blow by. Instead, Wall seems to be using it regardless of whether the defense is contesting it or not. Adding the weapon was only the first step. Knowing when to use it now becomes the next.
- Martell Webster didn’t look himself his first game back, missing 6 out of 7 three pointers. I’m sure he was just getting his sea legs back, and will be fine next game.
- The Wizards got torched on the inside. The Magic used back door cuts and misdirection to get easy dunks inside. BREAKING: Nene is very valuable to our defense, while Seraphin and Booker are not as good a compliment to Okafor.
- Question for readers: why do you think the Wizards don’t use Seraphin more in the pick and roll? I seem to remember him being really efficient at it last year. If someone has a theory, reply below.
- Tip of my hat to: Tobias Harris, who has been playing really good basketball the last two games, Beno Udrih, who filled in nicely after Jameer Nelson got injured, and all of Orlando in general. Don’t worry Orlando, you’ve got a great core. They can’t all leave you!