Let’s face it, the Wizards were never expected to compete against the Spurs on the road tonight. Washington cut a double-digit lead to just a 3 point deficit in the third quarter, but the Spurs tightened up their offense and cruised to a 13 point victory. Here are the Bullet Points:
- Washington started out slow, and quite frankly, never really picked it up. Tonight’s game was pretty reminiscent of the Wizards-Heat game in Miami where the Wizards chipped away, but just couldn’t get over the hurdle. John Wall looked aggressive early on, but after a few disheartening no-calls, he started to settle for jump shots again. Unfortunately, Wall got poked in the eye and never returned to the game.
- Trevor Ariza also suffered a strained hamstring and sat out the majority of the game. Martell Webster did pick up some of the slack offensively scoring over 20 points to go along side 10 rebounds, but it honestly didn’t matter since the lead became insurmountable.
- Bradley Beal was one of the only bright spots for the Wizards tonight. He didn’t shoot the ball that well from the field, but he did display his improved game by hitting a few tough layups. He also knocked down a few jump shots off the dribble.
- Jan Vesely and Glen Rice Jr. finally got some minutes tonight, but it didn’t make any difference. Vesely played over 20 minutes and didn’t make any impact whatsoever.
- Eric Maynor, who has looked terrible this entire season, got benched for Garrett Temple. So…
Tonight was certainly uneventful for the Wizards. Although we all pretty much expected a loss, it would’ve been nice to see the team compete more than they did. I wouldn’t read too much into it, since the Spurs are undoubtedly one of the best teams in the league.
Washington will be back at it this Saturday at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers.