So the Washington Wizards just got molly whopped by the Charlotte , 98-85. It was close for the majority of the game, never seeing a lead greater than 7 points up until the late fourth quarter. But the fourth quarter came and Randy Wittman picked up a technical foul late in game, which eventually went to put the Wizards away for good.
Down 83-80 with around five minutes left in the game and after John Wall was called for a questionable foul on a three-point attempt by Kemba Walker, Kemba smoothly stroked home his first two free throws. Then, because of #SoWizards, Coach Wittman decided to overreact at the officials, giving Kemba Walker another free throw attempt. He drilled the next two and the Wizards didn’t score again until the clock dipped 10 seconds under the minute mark.
And that was all she wrote. Wittman’s frustrations spilled out onto the court as the offense forgot how to play, picking up a few offensive and careless loose ball fouls. At a time like this, a team might look to its leader, but John Wall was equally as frustrated. There was no where else to turn as the Bobcats sailed away on a 11-3 run before a late, meaningless bucket from Marcin Gortat. The final quarter saw the league’s fifth worst offense put up 29 points in an impressive fashion. Al Jefferson scored 26 points to go along side 10 rebounds tonight, and was absolutely unstoppable in the post. If big Al Jefferson continues his current play, tenacious defense, running everyone off the three point line and patrolling the paint like a pack of wolves, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Cats get to .500. That doesn’t bode well for the Wizards’ playoff seeding.
But alas, this is the sort of thing that sometimes happens to teams that are 33-30. There were some reinforced takeaways about the ‘Zards from this game: They shoot a lot of jumpers, they miss a lot of jumpers, great defenses can sometimes stifle bad offenses, giving free throws to a bad offense is an equally bad idea, etc. The Wizards didn’t play to their strengths and were spanked because of it.
With tonight’s loss and a Brooklyn Nets win, the Wizards have slipped to the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference. They’ll be back on the road this Friday night against the Orlando Magic. Consider that game a ‘must win’ for the Wizards.