Washington Wizards Drop Important Game In Utah
The Washington Wizards are bad, but we continue to watch. Every game, I try to convince myself that the team actually isn’t that bad. Tonight will be the night they turn things around. Tonight will be the night Randy Wittman figures out his rotation. Nope. They’re bad.
In a contest that John Wall called the most important game of the season, the Washington Wizards were completely outplayed by the Utah Jazz, who are also fighting for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Wall, in particular, was awful.
That has been a problem for Wall throughout the course of his entire career.
He will never be considered a top player if players like Mack have career games against him. Mack scored a career-high 27 points and had a season high before the fourth quarter even started. It was comical, really. Steve Buckhantz likened the journeyman guard to Oscar Robertson.
Whether he likes it or not, Wall is the anchor to everything the Washington Wizards do. If he’s not locked in defensively, the rest of the team won’t be locked in. Obviously, tonight he wasn’t locked in. Mack ran circles around him.
The rest of the team was bullied inside.
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Trey Lyles also had an impact off the bench for Quin Snyder’s club.
When it looked like the Wizards were going to come back, Lyles ended their chances with a few timely buckets in the fourth quarter.
Everyone who stepped on the court for Washington was pretty bleh, besides Markieff Morris.
Keef scored 16 points and was the only one who seemed to hold his own against Utah’s front court.
That was eloquent, right?
Marcus Thornton made his debut and looked terrible, to put it bluntly.
If Kelly Oubre or Jarell Eddie played as bad as Thornton did tonight, they would be relegated to the NBA D-League. The inefficient guard made just one of his eight attempts from the field. His shot attempts weren’t pretty. Everything he put up looked embarrassing.
The entire game was pretty bizarre.
J.J. Hickson, Thornton and Alan Anderson were all on the court. In a disappointing season, we’ll probably forget those guys even exist a year from now. Seeing them on the court just shows how desperate the Washington Wizards have become.
Unfortunately, the desperation showed in the roster changes hasn’t translated to much on the court. Both the Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls lost tonight, which gave Washington a chance to gain ground in the standings, but they blew their chance. They were embarrassed by the Jazz. Washington will play on Saturday night against the Denver Nuggets. Their chances of making the postseason have become even slimmer.