Wizards fans could finally breathe a sigh of relief after watching the team pick up their first victory of the season against the Philadelphia 76ers. Here are the Wizardly Links, most of which pertain to the ‘W’:
Last night’s match up was very similar to the Wizards’ home opener, except this time Washington was able to close out the game. Virtually everyone who played made some sort of impact and led by John Wall and Marcin Gortat, the Wizards were able to pick up their first win of the season.
Has Wall suddenly morphed into a sharp-shooter from deep? Probably not. But should he continue to take the three-point shot when he a) hasn’t really mastered the mid-range shot yet, and b) is further away from the basket because of it?
Last year the Wiz started horribly. They dropped their first twelve games. They are just three games in so far this season with a whole lot of basketball left to be played this season. There is no need to panic. The Wizards must do what they do well. Getting stops on defense and pushing the ball in the open court is their bread and butter. The Wizards outscored the 76ers in fast break points 34 – 20, but where crushed in the paint 74-54.
“Just win”, that’s what Martell Webster said to us before last night’s game and the Wizards did. With a franchise 18 three-pointers the Wizards defeated the 76ers in Philadelphia 116-102. John Wall led the Wizards with 24 points and he collected a career-high five three-pointers.
Early on I thought I would be going with Marcin Gortat for game MVP due to his quick start, but Wall’s career high 5-three pointers and oozing confidence