There’s no shame in losing to the best team in the NBA, especially when you’re missing the second offensive option. The Washington Wizards did their best to stay competitive without Nene early on, but the Indiana Pacers were simply too much to handle on the road. Here are the Bullet Points:
- Marcin Gortat may have been the only bright spot for the Wizards tonight. Roy Hibbert is on his way to becoming the Defensive Player of the Year, but Gortat managed to outplay him tonight scoring 17 points to go along side 10 rebounds. Gortat did a great job holding his ground against Hibbert, not allowing him to get out of position in the paint. He continued to execute his nifty drop step spin move that we’re accustomed to seeing, which I’d like to see the Wizards utilize more often. There aren’t too many big men in the NBA that could hold their own against Hibbert and Gortat did so tonight. Let’s hope this performance carries over tomorrow night for Gortat.
- John Wall’s struggles against the Pacers were inevitable, given their ridiculous defensive ratings this season. Without having any lanes to the basket, the Pacers forced John Wall into some tough jumpers and it resulted in a horrendous shooting night. Wall made just 4 of his 14 shot attempts, but still had 9 assists. Eric Maynor backed Wall up by scoring 8 points in 9 minutes off the bench, but negated his positive impact with 4 turnovers.
- Washington’s wing players couldn’t contain Paul George tonight, who finished with 23 points. Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster have seen better days.
There’s honestly not much we could take away from a game like tonight. Without Nene, the Wizards will struggle to win and it doesn’t help that they were matched up against the best team in the NBA. It’s best if the Wizards forget about this game and move on to the next one, which will be tomorrow night against the Atlanta Hawks in Washington.