Well, after dropping their sixth consecutive game, the Washington Wizards failed once again to obtain their 30th victory of the season.
The Wizards were down big in the first quarter, but their “never give up” mentality allowed them to chip away at Chicago’s lead, eventually tying the game up. Aside from the normal suspects, the Wizards were also missing Emeka Okafor due to a sprained ankle. Although he did contribute a bit on the offensive side, Kevin Seraphin certainly didn’t help fill in for Okafor on the defensive side of the floor. Nazr Mohammed, who played just 22 minutes tonight, finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Seraphin’s defense was so bad tonight, that he made Mohammed look like Hakeem Olajuwon.
Scoring a career high 24 points, A.J. Price helped contribute for the depleted Wizards off the bench. It seemed like whenever the Wizards needed a bucket, Price gave them one. In fact, Price hit a crucial three pointer in the fourth quarter which tied the game up. Outside of Price, John Wall didn’t get very much help from his supporting cast. He didn’t shoot the ball well, but Wall still managed to score 23 points. With Martell Webster, Trevor Ariza and Bradley Beal all out, Kirk Hinrich and the Bulls were able to focuse their attention entirely on John Wall.
All in all, I applaud the team for their effort. They failed to get the 30th win of the season with tonight’s 95-92 loss to the Chicago Bulls, but they continued to fight even though the contest was basically over before it even started.
Perhaps the most intriguing part of the game came when Wizards owner, Ted Leonsis, was interviewed by Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier. Leonsis stressed the importance of having John Wall on the team for “a long, long time”, essentially hinting at his inevitable max contract extension this offseason. Ted Leonsis also stated that he’d like to resign Martell Webster during the offseason, while adding other pieces through the upcoming NBA Draft, free agency and trades.
The regular season may be over, but there is still tons of work to do in Washington.