The Wizards failed to pick up their second preseason victory last night against the New York Knicks in Baltimore, but that didn’t stop the coverage from flowing in. Here are today’s Wizardly Links, most of which pertain to the loss:
With Nene out resting tonight, Randy Wittman had to rely on his other bigs and it wasn’t pretty. Besides Trevor Booker, all of Washington’s bigs looked awful against New York. Kevin Seraphin looked as incompetent as ever, and Jan Vesely failed to convert on multiple opportunities right underneath the basket.
With the absence of Nene for a second straight preseason game,was afforded the opportunity to continue his experiment with small ball lineups as we inch closer to the regular season. But unlike Tuesday night when the drained 12-three pointers on the defending champions, the Wizards could not find the bottom of the net despite getting clean looks all night long.
The biggest move made had to be signingto the five-year, $80+ million rookie max extension. The jury is still out on whether it was a good move or not — though based on his offseason leadership moments and his preseason play, I’m leaning “good move” — but it was certainly a significant move.
The Wiz’s max superstar had a poor shooting night, especially from 3, but his overall floor game was exceptional. He created open looks for his teammates with eight dimes and took care of the ball, finishing with zero turnovers. Some fan angst had developed over Coach Wittman’s decision to play Wall late in previous preseason contests. However, in this one, Wall sat out the entire fourth quarter.
As a Wizards fan I have been pleasantly surprised to see John Wall in so many new ads. Between the NBA (see Trevor Jackson’s post) and Best Buy, John Wall has been much more visible on a global scale.
The Oct. 17 game was the first time Anthony has played in his hometown city as a professional, not counting a charity lockout game in 2011. His welcome-home reception was just as expected, loud and boisterous, and continued every time he touched the ball.