Same story, different game.
The Wizards had a double digit lead, but failed to close out the game against the short handed Denver Nuggets. Washington had multiple chances to close the game down the stretch, but just couldn’t put the ball in the basket and eventually went on to lose 75-74. Here are the Bullet Points:
- Glen Rice Jr. started in place of Martell Webster, and for the most part, he didn’t disappoint. He scored 7 points, but he made the most crucial play of the game when he stole an inbounds pass from the Nuggets with just seconds remaining in the game. Rice certainly isn’t afraid to shoot, but you’d like to see him knock down more of his open jump shots.
- Washington’s other rookie, Otto Porter, played just 7 minutes. He didn’t do anything. (let the sadness commence)
- Denver is one of the best rebounding teams in the NBA, but the Wizards outrebounded them tonight, mostly due to Trevor Booker’s effort. The Cook Book finished the game with 12 points and 12 rebounds, and he really matched Kenneth Faried’s energy.
- Marcin Gortat scored 12 points in the first quarter, but finished the game with just 16 on the night. Washington should’ve looked for Gortat in the post, but he settled for mid-range jump shots, missing 5 straight field goal attempts in the second half. The Wizards need to do a better job in riding the hot hand, especially when they can’t find offense. Gortat was scoring at will, but for some reason, the Wizards just stopped looking for him.
- Washington’s bench made just 2 of 13 shot attempts. They finished with 5 points combined. #TERRIBLE
- John Wall was probably the most impressive player tonight, finishing with 20 points and 8 assists but that was clearly overshadowed by his inability to close the game for the Wizards. Wall had multiple opportunities to close the game, but missed a layup, got blocked, and lost the ball on their final possession. He has to find a way to score the ball when it matters most. I think he’ll lose sleep over his performance tonight.
Right when you think it couldn’t get any more disappointing than the Milwaukee Bucks loss, this happens. The Wizards have to do a better job in closing games, it’s that simple.
Without Martell Webster or Nene on the floor and Trevor Ariza unable to throw the ball into an ocean tonight, John Wall was forced to carry the load and it didn’t end well.
They’ll have to sulk in this loss for a few days before heading to Atlanta to face the Hawks on Friday.