Highest plus/minus: Nick Young (11).
Lowest plus/minus: Antonio Daniels (-15).
If defense was all about looking at the guy with the ball, the Wizards would be the best in the league.
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You know those games where you think your team will win and then they struggle all game? Then out of nowhere they find themselves with a chance to win and you think they'll escape with a W and they get oh so close before losing, inevitably leaving you feeling twenty times worse than if they'd just lost comfortably? This was one of those games. (Other examples include this, this, and this. As a Wizards fan, I take no delight in the first one. As a Virginia resident, I take some delight in the second one. To quote sierradave "Schadenfreude... It's what's for dinner.") Even though there's not a lot of good that came out of this game, there were some positives...kind of.
Good News: Nick Young looked good! 6 of 9 shooting including a sweet alley-oop dunk that got all 57 fans at the Wachovia Center on their feet.
Bad News: Yeah, but is he really the guy you want taking the last shot over Caron Butler? It was a clean look, but do you really need to take a three when you're down by one?
Good News: Antawn Jamison had a double double with 16 points and 11 boards.
Bad News: It would really be a triple-double if you counted his 15 missed field goals.
Good News: That was a nifty pass by Caron!
Bad News: No arguing that one.
Good News: Brendan Haywood owned the paint with those 5 blocks!
Bad News: Yeah, no. Samuel Dalembert (Samuel Dalembert!) went off for 19 points and 11 boards against Haywood. If that was Brendan owning the paint, I'd hate to see him when he's leasing.
Good News: You couldn't ask for much more out of Stevenson: 10 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds.
Bad News: Sure I could. First among them being, if you're going to shoot 14 shots could you at least make 6? Please?
Good News: Andre Iguodala only scored 8 points and he missed his last 16 shots.
Bad News: ...and we still lost. I'm sorry, when the only player who's a legitimate scoring threat is held to 8 points, you have to win that game. No excuses.