Antawn Jamison led four Wizards in double figures with 25 points and added 19 rebounds, but his team lost to the Hawks for the seventh consecutive time. The Wizards (12-25) have lost three in a row overall and now are just 2-5 against Southeast Division opponents this season.
Jamison's impressive individual performance aside, the team had nothing to brag about. The Hawks dominated the Wizards both inside and on the run, outscoring Washington 50-22 in the paint and 21-3 on the fast break; the Wizards also only shot 35.8% from the field, and turned over the ball twice as often. Oh right, and Earl Boykins was a -20, even though he only played nine minutes, which you would have had a hard time convincing me was even possible before tonight's game. Ladies and gentlemen, your Washington Wizards!
Honestly, this game was not fun. Jeff Teague and Mario West tried to make it fun, but they only had so long to work their redemption. At some points, I felt like the Hawks kept the Wizards around to feign excitement, but that failed too. Tough defense applied and tough shots made are not exciting when it appears no one is going full speed. I am just glad the Hawks never forgot they were better and tried hard enough to pull out an easy win, even if it forced some unnecessary fourth quarter concessions.
Once again the Wizards were presented with an opportunity to steal a victory, but were unable to finish down the stretch. In years past they would lean on some guy named Gilbert Arenas, but we won’t get into that. Atlanta was able to fend off the pesky Wizards by getting easy baskets in transition. They would outscore the Wizards 21-3 in that department. On top of losing in fast break points the Wizards were outscored 35-9 in points off the bench.
One of the players who appears uncomfortable with his role is Nick Young, who scored 20 points off the bench on Sunday, but has scored 10 points on 3 for 15 shooting as a starter the past two games. "I just got to stay mentally ready and knock down shots," Young said after the game. "I'm going to keep shooting though. I had some good games, before these last two games. I just got to get my shots to fall. I got to keep shooting. I got to be ready for whatever comes." Saunders hinted that he might have to make another change to his starting lineup, by putting DeShawn Stevenson back in at shooting guard and putting Young back in a reserve role. Right now, the Wizards are seeing considerable drop-offs whenever Saunders calls on the second unit.
Nick Young who had been giving the Wizards a spark off the bench again struggled in a starting role. Young started his second consecutive game for the injured Mike Miler but only had 6 points on 1 of 6 shooting. "We have been getting off to bad starts, Saunders added. "Nick has a great opportunity and he is not taking full advantage of it. When you are thrust into a position where you are starting and getting a lot of the minutes you have to produce in that situation and he just hasn’t produced as of yet."
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