Coming off a blowout loss to the Knicks in New York last night, the Washington Wizards were given no time to rest, as they met the depleted Miami Heat back in Washington.
After allowing 20 made threes in New York, Washington’s dreadful defense would unfortunately continue tonight. Miami made nearly 42 percent of their three point attempts, making 17 of 41 shots from downtown. As I stated last night, it’s nearly impossible to win when the opposing team has made half of their points from beyond the arc. Mike Miller and Shane Battier were the beneficiaries tonight, knocking down a combined 9/14 from three.
Outside of John Wall and A.J. Price, the Wizards didn’t show up to play tonight. Wall didn’t shoot the ball very well tonight, but he finished with 17 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds. Flirting with a triple double, Wall continued to impress by penetrating the basket and creating for others. His teammates failed to execute on his beautiful passes on numerous occasions, but he stilled managed to rack up double digit assists. A.J. Price scored 23 points in 32 minutes off the bench. He helped nullify some of Miami’s hot shooting, by knocking down 8 of his 12 shot attempts. Five of his made field goals came from three.
All in all, Washington shouldn’t place this loss in the “moral victory” column. Miami was missing virtually half of there roster (LeBron James, Wade, Bosh, Haslem), but still managed to emerge victorious.
Side Note: I apologize for the short recap. I wasn’t feeling too well tonight, so this writeup had to be cut short.