Basketball on new year’s day wasn’t pretty for the Dallas Mavericks and Washington Wizards. Despite being decided down the stretch, I honestly couldn’t wait for the game to be over with. It was that bad. Neither team could buy a basket and I don’t think I’ve ever saw more airballed shots from two professional teams in my life.
Both teams shot roughly 38% from the floor and just over 20% from three point range. Bradley Beal made just 4 of his 13 shot attempts, finishing the game with 10 points. Trevor Ariza made just 3 of his 14 shot attempts. Martell Webster knocked down just 1 of his 6 3-point tries. Do I need to continue?
Washington’s only bright spot was Trevor Booker, who finished the game with 10 points and a career high 19 rebounds. Booker made up for everyone’s lack of energy, but it could only last so long before someone on Dallas’ roster made a few consecutive shots. If everyone played with the same amount of energy as Booker, tonight’s game would’ve been watchable.
In fact, tonight’s game was one of the worst NBA games I’ve ever watched. Dirk Nowitzki and Jose Calderon, who are known for their efficient scoring and ability to shoot the ball, made a combined 6 shots on 28 attempts. I mean, that’s horrific. Check out the complete box score if you need more evidence.
John Wall played pretty well despite the shooting woes, but it obviously wasn’t enough to get the ‘W’. Instead of putting themselves above .500 for the first time since 2009, the Wizards have found themselves incapable of getting over the hurdle. I feel like the players that played tonight couldn’t have played any worse if they had tried. Every game hits a low spot at some point in the contest, but neither team got over the stagnation tonight. It was horrific.
The Wizards will try to get back to .500 against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. Let’s hope they don’t come out as sluggish as they did tonight.